FULL-TIME: Just when it looked like the Seattle Sounders had earned a hard-fought point, an all-too-familiar defensive lapse did them in when Andrew Gutman was allowed to unleash an uncontested rocket from about 25 yards out that easily beat Stefan Frei in the 94th minute. The Sounders had fallen behind in the first half but equalized through Cristian Roldan about midway through the second half and were actually the better team for much of it. Instead of a point, though, they lost their fourth straight road game and will need help from elsewhere to remain in a playoff spot.
ATLANTA 1, SOUNDERS 1: Cristian Roldan found the equalizer in the 68th minute finishing off a nice bit of ball movement and putting away his own rebound.
ATLANTA 1, SOUNDERS 0: Ronaldo Cisneros gave United their first-ever lead over the Sounders, putting a ball in that deflected off Nouhou.
It’s probably a stretch to suggest the Seattle Sounders and Atlanta United have a real rivalry. The two teams have only faced off in actual competition four times since Atlanta entered the league in 2017. Yet, it would also be a little insincere to suggest there doesn’t seem to be at least the makings for a rivalry.
For one, it seems as though the teams tend to measure themselves against one another, at least off the field. Atlanta came into the league and immediately surpassed the Sounders in terms of attendance and then followed that up by winning their first MLS Cup in just their second year. After a couple down years, Atlanta then hired away the Sounders’ top assistant coach to lead their team and followed that up by signing Sounders legend Osvaldo Alonso.
Neither Gonzalo Pineda nor Alonso have been able to turn things around this year, however. Alonso is one of a rather long list of injuries Atlanta has endured to key players and the team is, perhaps predictably, languishing in 12th place in the East, five points outside playoff position.
The Sounders, meanwhile, aren’t exactly lighting the world on fire, either. But they’ve at least moved into playoff position and are still just three points out of the No. 4 position in the West. They are, however, riding a three-game road losing streak and have won just two of their last seven games overall.
- Three of the four meetings between the Sounders and Atlanta have ended in ties, although they’ve only played at Mercedes Benz Stadium once. The Sounders have the only win in the series, a 2-1 victory in 2019.
- Atlanta have won just 3 of 17 games after a 3-1-1 start to 2022.
- Pineda is 14-14-10 since joining Atlanta about midway through the 2021 season.
QUESTIONABLE: Ronald Hernandez (MCL); Brooks Lennon (MCL)
OUT: Ozzie Alonso (torn ACL); Dylan Castanheira (achilles); Brad Guzan (achilles); Miles Robinson (achilles); Emerson Hyndman (quad); George Campbell (adductor)
OUT: João Paulo (R ACL tear); Obed Vargas (lower back stress fracture)
REF: Armando Villarreal; AR1: Corey Parker; AR2: Logan Brown; 4TH: Nima Saghafi; VAR: Ismail Elfath; AVAR: Jonathan Johnson
Match date/kickoff time: Saturday, 12:08 PM PT
Venue: Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta
National English TV: ABC (Jon Champion, Taylor Twellman & Cristina Alexander)
Local Radio: 93.3 KJR-FM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Costigan, Keller)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Local Spanish TV: KUNS-TV Univision-Seattle
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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