MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs DC United

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

Seattle Sounders’ last five: W/L/D/D/W

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.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs DC United

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

Match Preview

Seattle Sounders face DC United this weekend. The Sounders are sitting second in the Western Conference while DC are top of the Eastern Conference.

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.

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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.

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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.

Team News

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.

Key Points

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.

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Score Prediction

Seattle Sounders 1-2 DC United – DC United to return to winning ways and make things more difficult for the struggling Sounders.