Preview: Seattle Sounders vs. FC Cincinnati – prediction, team news, rosters

Sports Mole previews Wednesday’s Major League Soccer matchup between the Seattle Sounders and FC Cincinnati, including predictions, team news and possible rosters.

FC Cincinnati can come one step closer to securing their first-ever MLS playoff berth with a win on Tuesday at Lumen Field against the Seattle Sounders.

The defending CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) winners are at risk of missing the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, four points from the Western Conference playoff line, while Cincy has points in 10 successive domestic fixtures after beating Real Salt Lake 2-1 last Saturday.

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In the Pacific Northwest, the Rave Greens are running out of chances to salvage their 2022 regular season, with just three games remaining and three teams to go.

Their first loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps in more than five years last weekend (2-1) couldn’t have come at a worse time for Brian Schmetzer and his men.

If Seattle had been able to emerge victorious from this meeting, they could now have the upper hand over the other teams in the search for a place in the playoffs, with Seattle playing the fewest games in the league (31).

Two of their final three regular-season contests will be at Lumen Field, where the Sounders have won the maximum points nine times in 2022, currently on a two-game winning streak at home.

Many started writing this team’s obituaries when they went winless in their last five domestic meetings last month, and there will likely be more doubts as the campaign progresses, given that Seattle only triumphed. only once in their last three regular season meetings combined. in 2020 and 2021.

Whether they make the playoffs or not, this regular season will be considered mediocre by the Sounders’ lofty standards as they cannot claim more than 48 points by the end of the year, which would be their highest total. lowest in a 34-game campaign since 2016.

In their last five games in which Rave Green had scored the first goal, this team failed to win three times, while they also conceded a goal beyond the 90th minute in four matches this year, including three winners. .

Calvin Harris in action for FC Cincinnati on September 21, 2022© Reuters

As we head into the home stretch of the regular season, the Orange and Blue are experiencing something they have never encountered in their time in MLS, an opportunity to participate in meaningful games at the end of the season. year.

Currently, on a series of 11 matches without defeat in all competitions, Pat Noonan seems to have this team peaking at the right time and in a solid position to claim a first-ever playoff spot since entering the league in 2019.

Although they are in fine form domestically, currently tied for the longest unbeaten streak in MLS this year (10 games), one mistake could change everything as the Orange and Blue are only three points behind. above the Eastern Conference playoff line.

During this campaign, this team has benefited from many outstanding individual performances, allowing them to win six matches in 2022 by a single goal.

More often than not, they’ve needed those quality players to step up and earn points, with Cincinnati conceding multiple goals 13 times but going two or more in 18 games.

A year littered with firsts for this franchise could see another on Tuesday as the Orange and Blue have never beaten the Sounders in a regular season affair, losing in their only previous visit to Lumen Field, 4-1 in 2019 .

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Team News

Albert Rusnak in action for the Seattle Sounders on August 6, 2022© Reuters

Will Bruin scored the Sounders’ only goal in their loss to the Whitecaps last Saturday, his third of the year, tied for fifth on the team alongside Albert Rousnak and Fredy Monterothe latter collecting his first decisive pass on this count.

Nouhou Tolo made his 100th regular season start in MLS a week ago, Stefan Frei has four clean sheets at Lumen Field this season and Jordan Morriswho netted a brace in their first encounter against Cincy, started more than a week ago for the 150th time in all competitions.

Seattle will miss many key members of their team for this game, including Tolo, who is part of the Cameroon national team, while Raul Ruidiaz is on duty with Peru.

Alex Rollan is with El Salvador, Morris has made a strong case for being named to the USA World Cup squad and Xavier Arreaga will try to make a lasting impression with Ecuador ahead of the final.

Their leader assists Nicholas Lodeiro will miss this match due to an accumulation of yellow cards, while Christian Rollan still recovering from his groin operation.

Andrew Thomas and Obed Vargas are doubtful with low back stress fractures, while Joao Paulo ended for the year with a torn right ACL.

Brenner notched a brace for Cincy in their last domestic win over RSL, putting him within two brandon vazquez for the team leader.

Vasquez, Yuya Kubo and calvin harris all scored for the Orange and Blue in a 3-1 friendly win over Guadalajara on Wednesday.

FC Cincinnati Defender 2 Kai Thomas made his senior debut in that midweek triumph, while Roman Celentano stopped pablo ruiz from the penalty spot last week, allowing his side to enter half-time tied at one.

Luciano Acosta has 13 assists to lead the way for Cincinnati this season, Beckham Sunderland stays off due to concussion protocol and Kenneth Vermeer also came out with a torn pectoral muscle.

Possible Seattle Sounders starting lineup:
Free; Medranda, Ragen, Gomez, Dobbelaere; Rowe, Rusnak; Leyva, Bruin, Chu; Montero

Possible starting lineup of FC Cincinnati:
Celentano; Matarrita, Murphy, Miazga, Hagglund, Powell; Acosta, Moreno, Nwobodo; Brenner, Vazquez

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We say: Seattle Sounders 1-2 FC Cincinnati

The Sounders have had a lot to contend with this season, not to mention plenty of injuries, but as much as they’ve had to overcome to stay in the hunt for the playoffs, losing your top scorer (Ruidiaz), point guard (Lodeiro) and three of most versatile players in the league (the Roldan and Joao Paulo), seems like too steep a hill to climb.

America’s loss is Cincinnati’s gain, and we think Brandon Vazquez being snubbed by the US national team for these international friendlies will ignite a fire in their leading scorer, who has shown he can carry this team on his shoulders.

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