The Seattle Sounders host Orlando City SC on Wednesday in their only meeting of the 2019 MLS regular season. Here is everything you need to know:
WHEN AND WHERE: Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. PT at CenturyLink Field (TICKETS).
WHERE TO WATCH: The match will be televised on JOEtv and YouTube TV.
WHERE TO LISTEN: The match will air on 950 KJR AM and El Rey 1360 AM.
2019 RECORDS AND STANDINGS: Sounders: 6-1-4 (22 points, 3rd West), OCSC: 3-5-3 (12 points, 10th East)
FORM GUIDE (most recent first): Seattle: WDDDL, Orlando: LLDWL
ALL-TIME HISTORY: The Sounders are 3-0-1 all-time against Orlando City, including a 1-0-1 mark at home.
PREVIOUS MEETING: Seattle picked up three points on the road with a 2-1 result over Orlando on Oct. 17, 2018. The Rave Green raced out of the gates in Florida, with Víctor Rodríguez handing the visitors a 1-0 lead in the 3rd minute, lobbing the goalkeeper with an audacious volley. Ten minutes later, Handwalla Bwana grabbed his second career goal as he turned a defender inside-out with a stepover before firing a shot inside the near post.
CHAOS IS A LADDER: The Sounders have a three-game week for the second time this season. Despite the hectic schedule, picking up maximum points against Orlando and Philadelphia on Saturday (4:30 p.m. PT; JOEtv, YouTube TV, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM) would vault Seattle back into Supporters’ Shield contention.
SLEEPING LIONS: Orlando City is in the middle of a 252-minute goalless drought, a streak that spans nearly three full matches.
NANI QUESTIONABLE: OCSC’s star attacker missed last weekend’s match at Atlanta United with a calf injury, and his status for Wednesday’s match is uncertain. His absence would be a massive loss for the Lions, as the Portuguese Designated Player leads the team in goals (five) and assists (four).
ROWE MANY MEMORIES: Sounders forward Jordan Morris faces a favorable matchup this weekend, as he holds a fantastic scoring record against OCSC goalkeeper Brian Rowe. The Mercer Island native has three goals in his last three appearances against the former LA Galaxy ’keeper.
RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME: The Sounders are unbeaten against Orlando in four all-time meetings, including a comprehensive 4-0 win back in 2016. The Lions enter the midweek fixture in the midst of their worst start in franchise history.
FREI MILESTONE: Saturday’s 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday marked Stefan Frei’s 70th career MLS regular-season shutout, 51 of which have come since he joined the Sounders in 2014. His 70 clean sheets are seventh in MLS history.
SQUAD ROTATION: In Seattle’s win over Houston on Saturday, Raúl Ruidíaz returned to the starting lineup for the first time in over a month. Factor in the return of Kelvin Leerdam from his one-match suspension and the emergence of Jordy Delem, and Head Coach Brian Schmetzer will have ample choices for his Starting XI against Orlando.
CLUB AND COUNTRY: Sounders FC Homegrown forward Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez and midfielder Danny Leyva qualified for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup over the weekend as the United States defeated Panama 3-0 to advance to the Concacaf Championship semifinal on Tuesday.
LAST CHANCE SALOON: Wednesday’s match will the last home fixture for six weeks until the Sounders host the Vancouver Whitecaps on June 29 (7 p.m. PT; JOEtv, YouTube TV, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM | TICKETS).