The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
The Sounders have gone five Major League Soccer matches without a victory. Tonight at CenturyLink Field they host Sporting Kansas City in an effort to turn things around. See the official MLS Match Guide at the link below.
Sounders FC hosts Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.
Local TV: KONG 6/16 (Comcast channel 106)
Local Radio: 97.3 KIRO FM
Click the graphic below to read the MLS Game Guide.
Two of the high-flying teams in the early going of the MLS season meet at CenturyLink Field when Seattle Sounders FC play host to Sporting Kansas City. Sounders FC have hit a bit of a rocky patch, now winless in their last five games after a 4-1 defeat by the Montréal Impact last weekend. Sporting have returned from their own winless spell with back-to-back victories, last a 2-0 home win against Toronto FC on Saturday evening.
REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. SAR (bench): Frank Anderson; JAR (opposite): C.J. Morgante; 4th: Fotis Bazakos
MLS Career: 134 games; FC/gm: 24.2; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 31; pens: 42
• SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC – OUT: FW Babayele Sodade (R knee ACL tear); FW David Estrada (L foot fracture); DOUBTFUL: GK Michael Gspurning (R hip strain); DF Patrick Ianni (lower back pain); DF Leo Gonzalez (L quad strain); DF Adam Johansson (R hamstring strain); MF Steve Zakuani (R leg fracture); QUESTIONABLE: GK Josh Ford (R knee stress fracture)
• SPORTING KANSAS CITY – OUT: MF Korede Aiyegbusi (R knee sprain); DF Matt Besler (appendicitis); DF Cyprian Hedrick (L fibula fracture); GK Eric Kronberg (lower back strain); MF Luke Sassano (L knee sprain); DOUBTFUL: FW Bobby Convey (R calf strain); MF Paulo Nagamura (R abductor strain); PROBABLE: FW C.J. Sapong (groin strain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
SUSPENDED: SEA: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (through June 20)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: SEA: Fredy Montero, Eddie Johnson
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: SEA: Osvaldo Alonso … KC: Aurelien Collin, Chance Myers
ALL-TIME (6 meetings): Sounders FC 5 wins, 9 goals … Sporting 1 win, 5 goals … Ties 0
AT SEATTLE (3 meetings): Sounders FC 2 wins, 2 goals … Sporting 1 win, 1 goal … Ties 0
SOUNDERS TEAM NEWS • The Sounders FC five-game winless run is one away from the club’s MLS record, set May 2-June 6, 2009. • “It’s frustrating,” said defender Zach Scott. “It’s not indicative of the team we are. To be frank, it’s embarrassing to lose like that. … It felt like they were playing with a couple more guys than us the entire game.” • Sounders FC conceded a season-high four goals in their loss at Montréal last weekend, matching the number of goals they had allowed in their first 10 league games combined. • “Everyone individually needs to play better or we need to put guys on the field who can play better,” said Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid. “We just need to find guys who can play better.”
SPORTING KC TEAM NEWS • Julío César scored his first goal of the season – his third since coming to MLS – in dramatic fashion, hammering home a corner kick on the full volley. • “When they don’t press me and let me play, I get more comfortable,” Julio Cesar said. “You can get in the attack if you don’t have the pressure you usually have in this position.” • “What a goal,” said Graham Zusi. “Contender for Goal of the Year. If that doesn’t get Goal of the Week, I don’t know what will. It was just a great finish.” • For Zusi, the corner kick was his eighth assist of the season, tying him with D.C. United’s Dwayne De Rosario for the league lead.
(From MLS sources)