The Seattle Sounders (7-5-0, 21 pts) return home after a draw with Colorado, as they play host to the Houston Dynamo (3-6-3, 16 pts) Wednesday night. This will be the first meeting between the western conference foes since 2019.
Yet Another Draw
The Sounders come into tomorrow’s match after another draw, this time vs Colorado on the road Sunday. It is a positive that this team remains the only one in the league without a loss, but the continued dropping of points in these draws means their room for error has dwindled down. In fact, Sporting Kansas City now has as many points as the Rave Green, but Seattle has a game in hand.
Coach Schmetzer has stated before that they need to secure three points early in the season because the second half has stronger competition and with a heavy emphasis on road matches. A club that looked like it could start a runaway with the Supporters Shield now has some work to do.
Missing Key Pieces
The Sounders are down a couple of key men heading into Wednesday. Will Bruin, who suffered a torn meniscus in the Vancouver match, will likely be out for a month and his presence up front will be felt. Despite not having a single goal this year, he has been a part of two assists and his leadership is definitely felt.
Cristian Roldan will also be missing from tomorrow’s fixture as he has been called into the U.S. camp ahead of the Gold Cup. He has arguably been having his best season as a professional this season and has been an anchor in the midfield. Seattle might have a weakness in the middle of the pitch tomorrow.
The Houston Dynamo will come into tomorrow’s match sitting above the playoff line in 7th place out west. They too have been bitten by the draw bug and have settled for one point in their last four matches.
They are being led by a new manager in former US Men’s National Tab Ramos. He technically took over at the conclusion of the 2019 season, but seeing as these two clubs did not meet in the strange year that was 2020, this will be the first time the Sounders get a look at Houston under Ramos’ tenure.
The Dynamo have yet to win on the road this season going 0-3-3 through six matches. A full capacity Lumen field isn’t exactly the easiest place to pick up that initial win.
For Your Viewing Pleasure
The match is scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff from Lumen Field in Seattle. The match will be streamed on JOEtv, Amazon Prime and ESPN+ (Out of Market). 950 KJR AM and EL Rey 1360
AM will be carrying the match through the airwaves. Tomorrow also marks the official full reopening of Lumen field with a packed house expected. For those looking to attend in person, tickets are available through the following link here.
Russell is the Content Director for the Eli Network. He studied broadcast journalism at Eastern Oregon and North Dakota State University. Mostly covers soccer and basketball in the Seattle area and is the current play-by-play voice for Seattle Redhawks basketball. You can follow him @brussbrwn.