João Paulo attempts an ambitious shot from a distance that goes straight into Brad Stuver’s hands.
The Seattle Sounders continued to control possession and appear to be the most menacing team offensively, but still with nothing to show on the scoreboard.
Austin FC left winger Cecilio Domínguez was injured on the ground for a time, squeezing his thigh and leg, but was able to leave the pitch on his own and is back to the game.
Austin FC’s first yellow card of the game is shown as Nick Lima is penalized for professional misconduct as Austin FC scrambled to recover to defend a Seattle Sounders counterattack.
Seconds later, Cecilio Domínguez fired a powerful shot from afar directly at Seattle Sounders goaltender Stefan Cleveland, but it was a comfortable save for Cleveland.
Still scoreless in Seattle, though the action is starting to pick up speed.
A volley effort from Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan from inside the penalty area goes way past Brad Stuver’s net.
There were very few scoring opportunities in the opening 20 minutes of tonight’s game, with the Seattle Sounders retaining the vast majority of possession, but so far finding Austin FC very organized in defense and difficult to beat. to break.
Seattle Sounders defenseman Xavier Arreaga is given a yellow card for a stray arm that hit the face of Austin FC left winger Cecilio Domínguez.
The resulting free kick is in a promising position for Austin, but it was sent just over Tomás Pochettino’s crossbar.
The early yellow card will be something to watch for Arreaga with over 85 minutes left in the game.
Tonight’s game also marks Austin FC defenseman Matt Besler’s 300th regular-season MLS appearance.
– Cameron Drummond
Austin FC’s penultimate game on the season opener’s eight-game road trip is a visit to the Pacific Northwest to face the Seattle Sounders. It will be one of the toughest tests of the season for Austin, as Seattle enters tonight’s game leading the Western Conference with 17 points in just 7 games. Seattle is the only Western Conference team to go undefeated.
Austin FC enters tonight’s game tied for last place in the Western Conference with FC Dallas, and Austin has lost three straight games.
Austin has been shut out in his last two games, and in an effort to generate more scoring opportunities, head coach Josh Wolff has named his seventh different starting lineup in as many games.
Defender Julio Cascante enters the roster for Jhohan Romaña, who had to be substituted due to an injury in the first half of last week’s loss in Nashville. Diego Fagundez, who has scored twice this season, starts in place of injured rookie Daniel Pereira in midfield, and striker Jon Gallagher starts ahead of Danny Hoesen.
Goalkeeper Brad Stuver and left winger Cecilio Domínguez are the only two Austin FC players to have started all seven matches.
For Seattle, the defensive reunion of goaltender Stefan Cleveland and defensemen Yeimar Gómez Andrade, Xavier Arreaga and Nouhou start together for the third straight game, while forward Freddy Montero and his 75 career goals start for the first time this season.
Starting XI for Austin FC at Seattle Sounders
Austin FC: Brad Stuver, Žan Kolmanič, Matt Besler, Julio Cascante, Nick Lima, Tomás Pochettino, Alex Ring, Diego Fagundez, Cecilio Domínguez, Jon Gallagher, Jared Stroud.
Austin fc at the Seattle Sounders, 8:30 p.m. CDT, Lumen Field, Seattle, Wash.
TV / radio: FS1 / 97.5 FM (English) or KLQB 104.3-HD2 (Spanish)
About the series: This is the first meeting between Austin FC and Seattle Sounders. The Sounders were formed in 2009 and offer a model of what Austin FC would like to accomplish in its first 12 years of existence. Austin FC will face Seattle twice in 2021, with the Sounders visiting Q2 Stadium on July 22.
About Austin FC: Austin FC enter the game on a three-game losing streak after scoring six points in their opening three games. The problems for Josh Wolff’s club are offensive. Both Verde and Black haven’t scored since the opening minutes of the first half against Minnesota United, and that was three games ago. The Oaks lost 2-0 to LA Galaxy and 1-0 to Nashville. Only three players have scored for Austin FC in six games. The six points put Austin FC in 11th place out of 13 Western Conference teams. Austin FC midfielder Daniel Pereira is on the injured list, which means he will miss the game.
About Seattle: Sounders are a model of consistency. Seattle has only employed two head coaches since joining the league in 2009. The roster remains consistent from year to year, as do the results. Seattle is having its best start in franchise history, scoring a record 17 points in seven games. That’s three points more than any other team in the league entering this weekend’s fixture list.
– Mike craven