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ORLvSEA 101 Preview: All you need to know as the Seattle Sounders visit Orlando City SC on Wednesday

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The Seattle Sounders are visiting Orlando City SC on Wednesday in their only meeting of the regular season. Here is everything you need to know:

WHEN AND WHERE: Kickoff is at 4:38 p.m. PT at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

WHERE TO WATCH: The match will be televised on FOX 13 and Prime Video.

WHERE TO LISTEN: The match will air on 950 KJR AM and El Rey 1360AM.

2022 RECORDS AND STANDINGS: Sounders: 10-14-3 (33 points, 10th West), Orlando: 11-10-6 (33 points, 5th West)

FORM GUIDE (all competitions, most recent first): Seattle: LDLLW, Orlando: WWWLL

PREVIOUS MEETING: Due to the COVID pandemic and scheduling restrictions, this will be the first meeting between the Sounders and Lions since May 15, 2019. The Sounders won 2-1 behind goals from Raúl Ruidíaz and Handwalla Bwana. Chris Mueller scored the lone goal for Orlando.

UNBEATEN AGAINST ORLANDO: The Sounders have yet to lose in five all-time MLS matches against the central Floridians (4-0-1). Seattle has won both of its matches on the road in Orlando, the only team in MLS to visit Exploria Stadium more than once and win every match.

ALEX ASCENDING: With the injury absence to his brother, Cristian, Alex Roldan stepped up on the attacking end last weekend with a beautiful assist to Yeimar. The helper was the younger Roldan’s sixth of the season, which is second on the team behind only Nicolás Lodeiro (nine).

TOUGH ROAD SPELL: The trip to Orlando marks the end of a difficult three-game road swing for the Sounders after visiting the LA Galaxy and the Portland Timbers in the preceding matches. Seattle will return to Lumen Field to host the Houston Dynamo (6:00 p.m. PT; FOX 13, Prime Video, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360AM | TICKETS) on Sunday, September 4.



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LATE DRAMA: Orlando City is coming off back-to-back 2-1 wins that it won in the matches’ dying moments on goals from Tesho Akindele. The Canadian international scored in the 89th minute against Charlotte FC on Aug. 21 before stealing another three points last weekend against New York City FC on a header in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

BIG OFFSEASON ACQUISITIONS: Orlando City hit the transfer market hard last winter, bringing in two Designated Players in Austrian international forward Ercan Kara and highly touted Uruguayan international midfielder Facundo Torres. Kara leads the Lions with eight goals, while Torres has added five goals and eight assists.

U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL AWAITS: Wednesday’s match will be Orlando City’s last before it hosts the USL Championship’s Sacramento Republic on Sept. 7 in the U.S. Open Cup Final. A win would be the Lions’ first trophy since coming into MLS in 2015.



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