Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. Orlando City SC
Venue: CenturyLink Field – Wednesday, June 21 – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST)
Match Odds: Seattle 8/15 – Draw 3/1 – Orlando 9/2
Seattle Sounders take on Orlando City in a key midweek clash on Wednesday night with Seattle looking for a fourth-straight home win in MLS against an Orlando side that look to be struggling.
The Sounders fell 2-1 at New York City FC on Saturday evening, with two second-half David Villa goals turning the game on its head after Cristian Roldan had given the visitors the lead.
That collapse isn’t the first for Seattle this season and they are really finding it difficult to live up to the billing of MLS Cup Champions. The good news for Sounders fans is that they are at home here, and they have started to really make CenturyLink Field a fortress again.
Seattle have won their last four home games in total – including the 2-1 US Open Cup win over Portland – and haven’t conceded an MLS goal in front of their own fans for 337 minutes.
Orlando know they have to try and break down the Seattle defence if they are to leave with anything on Wednesday. The Lions shipped three goals in their dramatic 3-3 draw with Montreal at the weekend and have yet to keep an away clean sheet this season.
Jason Kreis has the players at his disposal to turn their stuttering form around and he will be doing all he can to get his team motivated for a key game as they look to pick up just a second win in their last ten regular season outings.
This will be the third meeting between the two clubs in MLS, with Seattle winning both the previous clashes. They toppled Orlando 4-0 in the Lions’ debut season before then winning 3-1 in Florida last August on their way to claiming the MLS Cup title.
Seattle Sounders have question marks hanging over the fitness of Tony Alfaro and Brad Evans, with both listed as ‘questionable’ for Wednesday’s game.
Orlando City have no injuries to worry about ahead of the trip to Seattle, although Cyle Larin is doubtful to feature as a result of his ongoing troubles off the pitch. Antonio Nocerino will be available again after serving a suspension against Montreal on Saturday.
Seattle Sounders’ form: W/W/L/W/L
Orlando City’s form: L/L/W/D/D
Key Stat: Orlando City haven’t won away to a Western Conference opponent since April 2015.
Key Player: Cristian Roldan – The Sounders midfielder has been putting in consistently good displays all season and was rewarded for his tenacious approach with a goal at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. He hasn’t missed a minute of action this season and will look to dominate the game from midfield here.
Seattle Sounders 2-1 Orlando City – Seattle should keep up their strong run of form at home to an Orlando side that look a shadow of the team that was so impressive through the first few weeks of the season. Neither of these sides are high enough in the standings, considering their lofty expectations but this clash offers a great chance to get three more points on the board at the midpoint of the campaign.