FT: Seattle 3, New York City 1. The Pigeons were game, but ultimately exhaustion took its toll. If New York City are going to make a championship run, they’ll need to rotate the squad. It looks, though, like Torrent is willing to do that — at least, more so than Vieira — so I wouldn’t be unduly alarmed about this loss.
Coming up Saturday are the Vancouver Whitecaps. This might be when we first see Eloi Amagat and Valentin Castellanos, depending on how training goes.
90’: There’s four minutes of stoppage time here. Credit to the Pigeons; they’re still scrambling around. But playing two games in four days across an entire continent was always going to be a tall order.
85’: Goal, Harry Shipp. Seattle 3, New York City 1. That’s the kind of goal you get with a tired team. Shipp got the delivery from Will Bruin and just slams the ball home.
82’: Rodney Wallace comes on for Kwame Awuah. Awuah did creditably here in his first start. That said, Torrent will be happy to have Ring back for Saturday’s match against Vancouver.
82’: New York City are still looking for that equalizer, but Seattle’s holding up for now.
74’: Seattle is letting New York City have all kinds of possession. This is letting them craft offensive opportunities, and potentially an equalizer.
67’: GOOOOALLL, JESUS MEDINA! SEATTLE 2, NEW YORK CITY 1! The 19-year-old Paraguayan nicked the ball into the goal courtesy of a Berget low cross. Just like that, the Pigeons are right back in this one.
64’: Ismael Tajouri-Shradi is on for Ebenezer Ofori. Ofori had looked like he was struggling just a little bit. There’s not much that Torrent could do here; he’s short on midfielders.
60’: Jonathan Lewis on Anton Tinnerholm. Looks like Matarrita drops back to the left back, and Ben Sweat switches over to the right. Let’s see if Lewis can spark a comeback with around 30 minutes to play.
56’: Another Seattle counter attack comes thisclose to notching a third goal. It’s all New York City can do to clear the ball out. Torrent would be wise to make some kind of change — tactical, a substitution — to shake things up.
50’: Goal, Gustav Svensson. Seattle 2, New York City 0. Again, the Sounders work the ball. It winds up teed up perfectly for Svensson, who has all the time in the world to wind up and shoot from distance. Sean Johnson dives desperately for the save, to no avail.
45’: We’re rolling again here for the second half. No changes for either side. Let’s see if the Pigeons can get back in this one.
HT: Seattle leads on Cristian Roldan’s 36th minute goal. The goal came against the run of play, but New York City have only had one clear-cut chance on goal themselves. We’ll see what kinds of changes Torrent makes here.
44’: Seattle have grown into the game after notching the game’s first goal. Halftime is coming up, and Dome Torrent is almost certain to make some changes, at least tactically. Ring’s absence is really telling; the Pigeons’ are missing his steadying presence in midfield.
36’: Goal, Cristian Roldan. Seattle 1, New York City 0. Seattle work the ball from side to side, then into the box. Roldan winds up with the ball at his feet, shoots — and he’s not going to miss from there.
The Pigeons’ shutout streak ends at 433 minutes. It’s the first goal they’ve given up in five games.
31’: We’ve got a hydration break here. It feels like 88º here, which probably means it feels even hotter playing on the artificial turf here in Century Link. New York City is still in control here. Seattle had a couple of chances, but nothing came of them.
26’: New York City is controlling the pace of play here. They’ve had the best chance of the game thus far, and while Seattle have shown flashes of danger, they’re missing an edge in the final third.
20’: OFF THE CROSSBAR! Moralez came oh so close to notching his ninth goal of the season. Frei was very happy to see that rocket off, and then cleared out.
20’: Medina earns a free kick in a dangerous position for New York City. Medina and Moralez are planning out what they’re going to do here.
12’: Quiet game so far. Both teams are still probing each other. New York City are looking for space, and manage to earn a corner.
1’: And we’re off! Only two teams in MLS history have ever won their games when making an Eastern-to-Pacific time zone road swing. New York City will look to be the third.
Dome Torrent made a few changes to the lineup from Thursday. Alexander Ring misses the game thanks to yellow card accumulation. That means that Kwame Awuah earns his first MLS start in midfield; let’s see how he gets on. Sebastian Ibeagha comes in for Maxime Chanot, Jo-Inge Berget returns to the lineup and replaces Tommy McNamara up top. Ronald Matarrita starts on the left wing.
Meanwhile, the Sounders have Clint Dempsey on the bench, in the latest sign that the USMNT legend’s time in MLS — and perhaps the sport — is drawing to a close.
New York City Starting XI: Johnson; Sweat, Callens, Ibeagha, Tinnerholm; Ofori, Moralez, Awuah; Medina, Berget, Matarrita.
Bench: Stuver, Abdul-Salaam, Chanot, Wallace, Lewis, McNamara, Tajouri-Shradi
- Suspended: Ring
- Suspended after next caution: McNamara
- International Duty: none
- Injury: OUT: M - Yangel Herrera (ankle surgery), D - Cedric Hountondji (hamstring injury); QUESTIONABLE: F - David Villa (right knee injury)
Seattle Starting XI: Frei; Nouhou, Marshall, Kim, Leerdam; Alonso, Svensson; Shipp, Lodeiro, C. Roldan; Ruidiaz
Bench: Meredith, Torres, Francis, Delem, A. Roldan, Dempsey, Bruin
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Nouhou, Delem
- International Duty: None
- Injury: OUT: F - Jordan Morris (torn ACL), M - Handwalla Bwana (right midfoot sprain); QUESTIONABLE: M - Victor Rodriguez (right hamstring strain), D - Chad Marshall (calf contusion)
Referees: Jair Marrufo (referee); Peter Manikowski, Apolinar Mariscal (assistant referees); Baldomero Toledo (4th official); Jorge Gonzalez (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: July 29th, 2018, 5 p.m. EST
Venue: Century Link Stadium, Seattle, WA
Online streaming: ESPN+
Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English (Crooks, Wingert); WADO 1280 AM — Spanish (Abramowitz, Judas).
All-time series: New York City come into this evening’s tilt with the Seattle Sounders on a four-game winning streak. More importantly, they earned their first road victory since March 31 when they beat Orlando 2-0 on Thursday. It wasn’t a pretty win, but they’ll take it.
Can they keep the good times rolling? Seattle is on a bit of a tear of their own; they’re unbeaten in their last five games, having beaten San Jose 1-0 on Wednesday.
The teams have played each other three times. New York City’s last visit to Seattle saw them earn a 2-0 win. That was on June 25, 2016. Overall, the Pigeons have won two of the three games.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.