Sounders permit long-distance purpose in stoppage time for highway loss to Atlanta United
Survival mode was obvious from a easy look on the Sounders gamers. No matter the way it seems to be, they have been decided to get a optimistic consequence.
The drawback Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium was Atlanta United was taking part in with the identical desperation. Frantically on the lookout for a game-winner, Atlanta defender Andrew Gutman despatched a long-distance want at purpose that was granted within the waning minute of second-half stoppage time.
Atlanta collected its first win towards Seattle, 2-1. The victory earlier than an introduced crowd of 68,586 individuals was additionally former Sounders coach Gonzo Pineda’s first within the inaugural assembly towards mentor Brian Schmetzer. Saturday’s consequence moved ATLUTD (7-9-7) inside one level of the Eastern Conference playoff image.
The Sounders (10-12-2) stay above the road within the Western Conference, however now are tied with the 2013 roster for third-most losses in a season.
As the second half started, it didn’t appear like Seattle would discover itself returning house with a fourth consecutive highway loss. Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan discovered the ball at his foot within the field and didn’t cease taking part in it till he powered a shot into purpose for the equalizer within the 68th minute.
Sounders midfielder Nico Lodiero helped manage the play with a tender by ball to Nouhou. The defender regarded to feed it to Raul Ruidiaz, who subbed on within the 55th minute, but it surely was blocked. Roldan’s first try was blocked by Atlanta midfielder Franco Ibarra. Roldan shuffled to regain possession and landed a right-footed shot within the internet.
Pineda’s first full season with Atlanta has been marred by participant accidents and included one other Saturday. ATLUTD midfielder Matheus Rossetto was taken off the sphere on a stretcher in first-half stoppage time after struggling an obvious ankle harm. Pineda needed to make a beginning lineup change resulting from an harm, changing defender George Campbell with defender Aiden McFadden.
Atlanta’s circumstances didn’t cease them from piecing collectively a sequence to get an early purpose. Forward Luiz Araujo chased an extended by ball from defender Caleb Wiley, luring Sounders heart again Yeimar Gomez Andrade out-of-bounds on the endline. Araujo minimize the ball by a crowded field again to ahead Ronaldo Cisneros.
Unmarked, Cisneros sliced a low, left-footed shot by the legs of Nouhou and keeper Stefan Frei for the purpose within the 23rd minute. With Atlanta striker Josef Martínez wedged between the Sounders gamers within the keeper’s field, many thought the play can be dominated offside but it surely wasn’t even flagged by VAR to be reviewed.
Atlanta midfielder Marcelino Moreno subbed on for Rossetto and practically had a purpose of his personal in stoppage time to shut out the half. Moreno had the help on Gutman’s purpose.
In searching for consistency, Schmetzer solely made one beginning lineup change from the rotation that pulled off a 1-0 win towards FC Dallas at Lumen Field on Tuesday. But it wasn’t to fit in Ruidiaz up high. Instead, veteran Will Bruin obtained the nod over Fredy Montero.
Schmetzer did shift the roles in placing ahead Leo Chu on the left wing and Jordan Morris on the appropriate. Chu had a superb outing towards Dallas however Schmetzer continues to be looking for the way to make the most of the younger Brazilian’s skills.
Ruidiaz returned Tuesday from a second hamstring harm that saved him out of the rotation for the reason that loss towards Portland on July 9.
There’s every week off from league play to showcase the MLS All-Star Game towards Liga MX All-Stars on Wednesday in Minneapolis. Ruidiaz and Morris will signify the Sounders. The Peruvian was voted in whereas Morris, a Mercer Island native, was chosen by coaches.