Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. DC United
Venue: CenturyLink Field – Friday, July 3 – 23:00 ET (Saturday, July 4 – 04:00 BST)
Match Odds: Seattle Sounders 17/20 – Draw 5/2 – DC United 16/5
Seattle come into the game off the back of a 4-1 thumping at the hands of fierce rivals Portland Timbers last weekend and they have now lost their last three regular season outings.
Sigi Schmid will no doubt be concerned with his side’s’ recent form, as they are now three points behind Vancouver Whitecaps and have Portland Timbers and LA Galaxy closing in on them in second, both just one point behind.
A win here for the Sounders would be a huge victory, not just for ending their winless run but also sending out a message to their chasers that they are still to be feared.Embed from Getty Images
DC United come into this one after their midweek loss in the US Open Cup to Philadelphia Union, leaving them without a win in their last two games.
Their last regular season match was the draw at Toronto last week, which came after back-to-back wins. They are eleven points above New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference and look to be running away from the chasing pack.
Ben Olsen will be pleased with his side and will be expecting to continue building on their great season so far, an away win here would be a great result.
DC have been winning many games this season by the odd goal and will be difficult to break down. If they can make things tough for the Sounders they have a great chance of taking all three points.Embed from Getty Images
Seattle will be desperate to try and close the gap on the MLS Supporters’ Shield leaders in what should be a gripping contest in the only regular season meeting between the two this year.
Seattle Sounders are still expecting Obafemi Martins to be sidelined, while Osvaldo Alonso and Andres Correa are doubts. Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans will be away with the USMNT preparing for the upcoming Gold Cup.
DC United will be without Eddie Johnson, while Michael Farfan, Collin Martin, Sean Franklin and Chris Pontius are all doubtful.
Seattle Sounders’ last five in MLS: L/W/L/L/L
DC United’s last five in MLS: L/L/W/W/D
Key Stat: Seattle have scored at least two goals in their last four home matches against DC United in all competitions.
Key Player: Jairo Arrieta – The forward has netted five so far this season and scored in the midweek loss, so he will be expecting to hurt the Sounders and be on the winning side this time out.Embed from Getty Images
Seattle Sounders 1-2 DC United – DC United to return to winning ways and make things more difficult for the struggling Sounders.