Our prediction for this MLS match:
Real Salt Lake were on the verge of losing to Portland Timbers at Providence Park, but thanks to two late goals they eventually saved one point. Experienced attacker Giuseppe Rossi opened his goal-scoring account in the historical 4-4 draw, and he is widely expected to return to the starting XI against Seattle Sounders. You should bear in mind that the Royals had no less than 29 goal attempts in the draw with Portland Timbers. Douglas Martinez remains in the recovery room for the hosts, while Christopher Garcia is rated doubtful for the midweek clash.
Seattle Sounders, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Portland Timbers and Los Angeles FC. Brian Schmetzer’s men have been scoring goals for fun of late, and given Real Salt Lake’s attacking potential, a real football festival is on the cards at Providence Park. The likes of Hopeau, Leyva, and Muse are likely to miss the game with injury for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Nedum Onuoha):
Nedum Onuoha was born in Warri, Nigeria on 12 November, 1986, but he was brought up in Manchester. He attended Xaverian College Manchester and he was a very good student. He was an outstanding junior sprinter as well and it has to be noted that he won the silver medal at the English School’s Athletics Association Junior 100 metres contest.
Speaking of his football career, he began playing at Manchester City at age 18, scoring three goals in 95 league appearances for the Citizens. He spent the 2010/2011 season on loan at Sunderland and in 2012 he signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Queens Park Rangers.
Despite the fact that he was born in Nigeria, Onuoha was eligible to play for England and you should know that he has 20 caps for England U21 team. However, he was never given a senior England debut despite being really close on several occasions. Onuoha won the Championship play-offs with Queens Park Rangers in the 2013/2014 season.
Highlighted Team (Seattle Sounders):
Seattle Sounders are an American soccer club that compete in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer. The Sounders are owned by the likes of Joe Roth, Paul Allen, Drew Carey and Adrian Hanauer and they play their home games at CenturyLink Field.
The club won the 2016 MLS Cup, with the team beating Toronto FC on penalties in the trophy game at BMO Field. Swiss goalkeeper Stefan Frei won the MVP honor after pulling off several brilliant saves in the 2016 MLS Cup final.
Winning of the MLS Cup is undisputedly the club’s biggest success, but it has to be noted that the Sounders clinched the Supporters’ Shield trophy in 2014. Seattle hold rivalry with Portland Timbers, but Vancouver Whitecaps are regarded as the club’s bitter rivals as well.
Experienced attacker Clint Dempsey is undisputedly the club’s most significant star and he has been playing for the CenturyLink Field outfit since 2014. He scored eight goals in the league in the 2016 season and, no doubt, he helped the Sounders win their first ever MLS Cup.