Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. Orlando City
Venue: CenturyLink Field – Sunday, August 16 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports)
Match Odds: Seattle Sounders 19/20 – Draw 5/2 – Orlando City 14/5
Seattle Sounders host Orlando City on Sunday night in the hope they can salvage their season before it crashes around them.
Seattle started the season in a positive manner and were looking like the side that won the Supporters’ Shield last season. However, recent form has left them lying just one point above Houston and clinging onto the last Western Conference playoff spot.
Losing eight of their last nine matches in MLS, Seattle are in deep trouble and the return of star strikers Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey would be a boost going into the latter stages of the regular season.
Seattle Sounders’ record in MLS: P24 – W10 – D2 – L12
Orlando City aren’t doing much better in comparison, having only registered one win in their last six in MLS.
The form of Kaka has dipped and injuries to stars like Brek Shea and Kevin Molino are not helping their cause as we enter the final stretch of the season.
Orlando City’s record in MLS: P24 – W7 – D7 – L10
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However, a recent surge of goals from MLS Superdraft pick Cyle Larin has made them look threatening and they should provide Seattle with a stern test come Sunday evening in their first ever meeting.
Seattle Sounders are without Andres Correa, Andy Craven and Damion Lowe through injury. Osvaldo Alonso is questionable and Chad Barrett, Obafemi Martins, Leonardo Gonzalez and Clint Dempsey are all doubts. Marco Pappa is out under MLS SABH Program rules following DUI/Speeding incident. New signings Roman Torres, Andreas Ivanschitz and Nelson Valdez will be in contention to make their debuts.
Orlando City are missing as many as six, with Kevin Molino, Conor Donovan, Tony Cascio, Brek Shea, Harrison Heath and Rafael Ramos all out through injury. Cyle Larin will continue to spearhead the attack with Kaka in behind.
Seattle Sounders’ last five: L/L/L/L/L
Orlando City’s last five: L/L/W/L/D
Key Stat: Seattle have won only once in their last nine matches in MLS.
Key Player: Cyle Larin – Canadian international Larin has been in fine form since returning from the Gold Cup and with six goals in as many games, he will be a major threat on Sunday night.
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Seattle Sounders 0-1 Orlando City – Seattle have been dreadful recently without stars Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins and will struggle to keep out a very exciting Orlando side in what could be a tight game.