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SEATTLE-CHARLOTTE FC MATCH STARTS CRUCIAL STRETCH FOR SOUNDERS

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SEATTLE-CHARLOTTE FC MATCH STARTS CRUCIAL STRETCH FOR SOUNDERS
July 15, 2022 07:29AM
SEATTLE-CHARLOTTE FC MATCH STARTS CRUCIAL STRETCH FOR SOUNDERS



With nearly 40% of the 2022 MLS season already played heading into Sunday’s match between the recently crowned kings of CONCACAF and expansion club Charlotte FC (9:30 p.m. ET, FS1/FOX Deportes/FOX Sports app), Seattle sits 23rd overall in the 28-team league and are on pace to miss the playoffs for the first time in their trophy-filled history.To get more news about XemBD, you can visit xembd.cc official website.
We’ve seen slow starts from the Sounders before. In 2016, Seattle secured just 20 points from their first 20 games and were in ninth place in the Western Conference before going on a late-season tear that ended with them hoisting the club’s first MLS Cup. A year later, the Sounders kicked off the season with a 2W-5L-3T record but again advanced to the final, where they lost the rematch against Toronto FC.

Brian Schmetzer’s men have been much better early on over the past few years; they began 2021 with a 13-match unbeaten run but were upset by Real Salt Lake, on penalties, in the first round of the postseason.

The reason for this year’s struggles in MLS play is obvious. Seattle rightly prioritized the CONCACAF Champions League, becoming the first team in MLS history to win the tournament when they beat Mexico's Pumas in a two-leg final earlier this month. The Sounders have gone .500 since, including last week’s 1-0 defeat in Colorado.Now comes their best opportunity to climb the table and try to return to MLS Cup for the fifth time in seven seasons. Seattle’s next five games are at home. Star performers Nicolas Lodeiro and Raúl Ruidíaz will get some much-needed rest when the two-week international break kicks in after the Charlotte game. After Sunday, the Sounders will be idle until a June 14 makeup date with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

"Taking care of home games is going to be really important," Seattle midfielder Cristian Roldan told FOX Sports when asked what the club needs to do to keep that playoff streak alive. "I’m confident in our group that we can make a run and get there."

Lodeiro (Uruguay) and Ruidíaz (Peru) weren’t summoned by their countries for next month; the only Sounders who’ll miss the Vancouver match because of national team commitments are Roldan, U.S. teammate Jordan Morris and Roldan’s brother, Alex, who captains El Salvador. The Americans and Salvadorans meet in the CONCACAF Nations League group stage the same night.
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