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ATLvSEA 101: Everything you need to know when the Sounders visit Atlanta United

The Seattle Sounders are visiting Atlanta United on Sunday in their lone matchup of 2018. Here is everything you need to know:


WHEN AND WHERE: Kickoff is at 11:00 a.m. PT at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.

WHERE TO WATCH: The match will be televised on FOX and YouTube TV.

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

2018 RECORDS AND STANDINGS: Sounders: 4-9-4 (16 points, 10th West), United: 12-4-4 (40 points (1st East).

FORM GUIDE (most recent first): Seattle: DWLDL, Atlanta: WLWDW

ALL-TIME HISTORY: The Sounders are 0-0-1 all-time against Atlanta United, who joined MLS in 2017. The two sides have never faced each other in Atlanta.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Last March, the Sounders and Atlanta United recorded a scoreless draw at CenturyLink Field.

WORLD CUP FINAL LEAD-IN: Sunday's match is set to be held on FOX following the FIFA World Cup final. There will be a viewing party at the Seattle Center for both matches.


Clint Dempsey and Greg Garza engage in battle in March 2017 at CenturyLink Field | USA Today Sports

COLORADO KICKSTARTER: The Sounders’ win at Colorado last summer began a stretch of six wins in seven games and fell in the middle of their 13-match unbeaten streak. On Wednesday, the Sounders won 2-1 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park then drew 0-0 at the Revolution on Saturday.

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Goalkeeper Stefan Frei was named to the Week 19 MLS Team of the Week for his efforts last week on the road against Colorado and New England, including this stunner.

RISE OF RAÚL RUIDÍAZ: The latest Designated Player was unveiled at CenturyLink Field prior to the Portland match on June 30, but he is eligible to make his debut this Sunday. The 27-year-old striker from Peru joins the Sounders from Morelia of Liga MX. 

DEUCE RECORD WATCH: Forward Clint Dempsey enters Sunday's match tied with Fredy Montero for the Sounders’ all-time MLS regular-season goalscoring record with 47.

NOUHOU RETURNS: After serving a one-match suspension against Colorado for picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, Sounders left back Nouhou returned to action against the Revolution.

RODRÍGUEZ ON THE BOARD: After missing the first third of the season recovering from a knee injury, Spanish winger Víctor Rodríguez is back and rounding into form. He started his sixth consecutive match last weekend and notched his first goal of the year against the Timbers on June 30.

PACKED HOUSE: Atlanta is expecting a crowd of over 70,000 for the match this Sunday, which would be the biggest crowd for a Sounders match in club history.

HALFWAY THERE: Saturday's match against the Revolution marked the 17th game of the campaign for the Rave Green, who will need a much-improved second half if they hope to reach the MLS Cup Playoffs for the 10th consecutive season. They are currently 10 points shy of the postseason cutoff line. 

MADDENING MARTINEZ: Atlanta forward Josef Martinez is on an absolute tear, leading the league with 18 goals. The 25-year-old Venezuelan scored 19 goals in 20 appearances with Atlanta last season.

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