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Jeremy Reper

SEAvORL 101: Everything you need to know when the Seattle Sounders host Orlando City SC in Week 12

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.

DEMOCRACY IN ACTION: Cristian Roldan is up for MLS Goal of the Week for yet another long-range golazo. Voting for the Week 11 honor ends at midnight PT on Wednesday.

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).

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