It’s most likely a stretch to recommend the Seattle Sounders and Atlanta United have an actual rivalry. The two groups have solely confronted off in precise competitors 4 occasions since Atlanta entered the league in 2017. Yet, it will even be slightly insincere to recommend that there does not appear to be not less than the makings for a rivalry.
For one, it appears as if the groups are likely to measure themselves in opposition to one another, not less than off the sphere. Atlanta got here into the league and instantly surpassed the Sounders by way of attendance after which adopted that up by successful their first MLS Cup in simply their second yr. After a pair down years, Atlanta then employed away the Sounders’ prime assistant coach to guide their group and adopted that up by signing Sounders legend Osvaldo Alonso.
Neither Gonzalo Pineda nor Alonso have been capable of flip issues round this yr, nonetheless. Alonso is considered one of a relatively lengthy checklist of accidents Atlanta has endured to key gamers and the group is, maybe predictably, languishing in twelfth place within the East, 5 factors outdoors the playoff place.
The Sounders, in the meantime, aren’t precisely lighting the world on hearth, both. But they’ve not less than moved into playoff place and are nonetheless simply three factors out of the No. 4 place within the West. They are, nonetheless, driving a three-game highway dropping streak and have received simply two of their final seven video games general.
- Three of the 4 conferences between the Sounders and Atlanta have resulted in ties, though they’ve solely performed at Mercedes Benz Stadium as soon as. The Sounders have the one win within the sequence, a 2-1 victory in 2019.
- Atlanta have received simply 3 of 17 video games after a 3-1-1 begin to 2022.
- Pineda is 14-14-10 since becoming a member of Atlanta about halfway via 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 (decrease again 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
Online Streaming: ESPN+ (affiliate hyperlink), Fubo TV (affiliate hyperlink)
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 can be posted because the match progresses.
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