Major League Soccer: Seattle Sounders vs DC United
CenturyLink Field – Wednesday, July 19 – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST)
Match Odds: Seattle 1/2 – Draw 3/1 – DC United 5/1
Seattle Sounders vs DC United: Preview
Seattle Sounders take on DC United as Major League Soccer restarts after a two-week break for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Sounders will be missing three huge names in their starting lineup as Christian Roldan, Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris are away with the USMNT.
They come into the midweek clash having only lost one of their last 19 home matches in the league. An extremely impressive run that will be hard for DC to put to an end to.
MLS Cup holders Seattle have fallen off the pace so far this term. A surge of consistency will need to start sooner, rather than later if they are to have a chance of retaining their crown.
DC United are on course for the wooden spoon. However, Minnesota United are giving them a close battle for it. All jokes aside, this is far from the standard we expect from DC. They have lost four consecutive games in all competitions and six in a row away from home.
One win in seven highlights how tough a run of form they are in. Something has to chance, and fast. But they have lost their last three games at Seattle, without even scoring a goal. So the chances of an away win on Wednesday look very slim.
Seattle Sounders vs DC United: Team News
Seattle Sounders remain without Henry Wingo (ankle) and Seyi Adekoya (ankle). Harry Shipp is listed as questionable with a hand fracture. Jordan Morris, Oniel Fisher, Clint Dempsey and Christian Roldan are away on international duty, though Roldan may be available after being dropped from the USA squad for the quarterfinals.
DC United attacker Patrick Mullins remains out after knee surgery and Bobby Boswell has a groin problem so both will be absent. Rob Vincent (knee) and Nick DeLeon (abdominal strain) are listed as questionable. Bill Hamid is away on international duty with the USMNT.
Seattle Sounders vs DC United: Key Points
DC United’s last five: L/W/L/L/L
Key Stat: DC United have lost their last five away matches in MLS.
Key Player: Will Bruin – With Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris missing, this is a chance for Bruin to stake his claim for a starting spot going forward as he will lead the line.
Seattle Sounders vs DC United: Prediction
Seattle Sounders 3-0 DC United – It’s hard to see DC United finding any way to pick up points at CenturyLink Field. Their poor season has no sign of improving whilst Bill Hamid is absent too. We expect reigning champs Seattle to run riot in front of the home crowd.