While it was not quite the Texas two step, the Seattle Sounders (5-1-3) tango with LAFC is in the review mirror and time for the Rave Green to regain that winning swagger. The Sounders suffered a 4-2 defeat to LAFC on April 21st then followed that up with a lackluster 2-2 home draw to San Jose three days later and completed the three games in seven days dance with a 1-1 draw that felt like a point earned due to the Sounders finishing the game with nine players.
The Sounders are feeling good about themselves because in the three-game span the injury bug took a big bite and the Rave Green was able to salvage points despite the absence of Forwards Will Bruin, Raul Ruidiaz, midfielder Victor Rodriguez, and Chad Marshall, all of whom are expected to be medically fit for Saturday gate Minnesota. The one long term injury casualty is Gustav Svensson according to head coach Brian Schmetzer. Svensson has a hamstring injury.
The Sounders will be without fullback Kelvin Leerdam who like Cristian Roldan received a red card in Sundays draw with LAFC. The Sounders appealed and won the Red Card decision against Roldan and the crafty midfielder will in the lineup Saturday to face his former mentor Osvaldo Alonso.
While checking up on the well being of an old friend is a nice gesture, the Sounders are in need of a win to keep pace with LAFC and the LA Galaxy who is behind LAFC and ahead of the Sounders in the race for the Western Conference regular season title. Minnesota United (4-3-2) are looking to remain unbeaten at Allianz Field and make it two wins in row in their new building. The Loons beat DC- United 1-0 last Sunday for thier first win in the new building and drew twice before Sundays win.
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