As 2022 progressed, the Seattle Sounders faced one major Test after another. So far, they’ve passed them, beating Liga MX’s Club León in the quarter-finals of the Concacaf Champions League; in the semifinals, the defending MLS Cup champions, New York City FC; and Pumas UNAM in the final. But the challenge on Saturday is a bit different. LAFC go into this game top of the Supporters’ Shield having scored a league-best 29 goals in the process.
Although LAFC go into this game on a two-game winning streak, it’s worth noting that they haven’t played since May 28th. Also of note is that eight of LAFC’s nine wins have come against teams not currently in the playoffs, and two of their three losses have come against teams in playoff ranks.
The Sounders, meanwhile, have won 4-of-5, including a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, and just moved up to 7th place in the Western Conference.
- LAFC has beaten the Sounders six times and drawn the same twice since entering the league in 2018. Only the Timbers (7) have beaten the Sounders more times during this period, and no one has avoided defeat more times.
- LAFC has already had four road wins in 2022. They had just five road wins combined in 2020 and 2021.
- The Sounders have three wins in the league this year. LAFC is the only team to have won every game in which they have led.
- LAFC leads MLS this year with 10 goals from seven different substitutes. Only four teams in MLS history have scored more than 12 goals
DOUBT: Yeimar Gómez Andrade (R Hamstring Strain)
OUT: Joao Paulo (R ACL Tear); Raúl Ruidíaz (L Hamstring Strain); Josh Atencio (adductors)
DOUBT: Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (L Quad)
OUT: Erik Dueñas (L-knee); Julian Gaines (cymbals); Tomas Romero (Health and Safety Protocols)
Referee: Allen Chapman; Assistant Referees: Logan Brown & Adnrew Bigelow; 4th Official: Greg Dopka; VAR: Kevin Stott; VAR assistant: Joshua Patlak
Match date/kick-off time: Sunday, 12:08 p.m
Venue: Lumenfeld, Seattle
online streaming: ESPN+ (affiliate link, out of market), Fubo TV (affiliate link)
National English Television: ABC (Jon Champion & Taylor Twellman)
Local radio: 93.3 KJR-FM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Costigan, Keller)
Locas SpaniardsH radio: El Rey 1360h (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
National Spanish Television: ESPN deported
Balkans: Arena Sport
Brazil: DAZN (Brazil)
China (Closed Circuit TV): Star Sports
Czech Republic: Nova Sport (Czech Republic)
Georgia: Silk Sport
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain: DAZN (Europe)
Latin America: ESPN Latin America
Middle East and North Africa: Abu Dhabi Sports
Netherlands: ESPN Netherlands
Southeast Asia: beIN Spots Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa: ESPN Africa
Turkey & Azerbaijan: Saran Sport
Free Sports: United Kingdom and Ireland
Ukraine: Soccer 1
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