MINvSEA 101: Everything you need to know when Seattle Sounders visit Minnesota United

The Seattle Sounders will take on 2017 Major League Soccer expansion franchise Minnesota United on Saturday, Aug. 5. Here is everything you need to know about the match:


WHEN AND WHERE: Kickoff is at 5 p.m. PT at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.

WHERE TO WATCH: The game will be televised on Q13 FOX and in Spanish on Univision.

WHERE TO LISTEN: The game will air on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM and in Spanish on El Rey 1360AM.

2017 RECORDS AND STANDINGS: Sounders: 8-7-7 (31 points, 5th West), Minnesota: 6-12-4 (22 points (10th West).

ALL-TIME HISTORY: This is the first MLS meeting although the two teams used to compete in USL.

NEW FACE: The Sounders signed 28-year-old Spanish midfielder Victor Rodriguez on Wednesday, Seattle’s second signing of the MLS Summer Transfer Window. Rodriguez’s eligibility for Saturday’s match is still to be determined.

UNBEATEN RUN: The Sounders are in their best form of the season having gone unbeaten in their last six matches (3-0-3). Seattle is fifth place in the Western Conference and just five points out of first.

MLS ALL-STAR: Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei played 45 minutes for the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday in Chicago in their match against Real Madrid. Frei made his first All-Star appearance and was in goal for the penalty kick shootout after the match ended 1-1 in regulation. Madrid prevailed 4-2 on PKs.

VAR: Seattle’s match against Minnesota will be the first time Video Assistant Referee (VAR), also known as Video Review, will be implemented in a post-All-Star Game league-wide initiative. You can learn more about VAR here.

RAMIREZ OUT: Minnesota’s star forward Christian Ramirez left the team’s 4-0 win over D.C. United last week with a tweaked hamstring and is out for Saturday’s match. He leads Minnesota with 11 goals.

MAJOR HOMESTAND: Minnesota will play its fifth straight home game on Saturday. It has gone 1-2-1 so far.

FAMILIAR ROOTS: Minnesota United assistant coach Mark Watson played for the Sounders during their USL days, joining Seattle in 1997.

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