Seattle Sounders vs FC Cincinnati Match Info
Date: Saturday March 2 2019
Kick-off time: 03:00am Sunday GMT
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Referee: Chris Penso
Seattle Sounders vs FC Cincinnati Head-To-Head Record
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Seattle Sounders vs FC Cincinnati Stats
- Seattle Sounders have lost their opening MLS match in all of the three previous seasons
- Two of those games were at home and Seattle were beaten 1-0 each time
- But the Sounders won nine of their last 10 home matches last year
Seattle Sounders vs FC Cincinnati Match Preview
FC Cincinnati begin life in MLS away to a Seattle Sounders team who will have high hopes of maintaining their remarkably consistent record of reaching the season’s business end.
The 24th MLS franchise has been awarded to Cincinnati and it’s appropriate that they step up from American soccer’s second tier having been easily the best team during the 2018 regular season, only to miss out in the play-offs as Louisville City went on to claim the overall glory.
The Ohio club still have the same manager, a South African named Alan Koch, and among their better-known players are former Arsenal and Middlesbrough right-back Justin Hoyte, goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton who represented Poland at Euro 2012 and ex-Swansea City winger Roland Lamah.
Seattle, meanwhile, have reached the MLS Cup quarter-finals every year since 2009, lifting the trophy in 2016 and finishing runners-up to Toronto FC the following year in a repeat of the final.
Brian Schmetzer’s side picked up their form remarkably well from July onwards last season after a poor start to the campaign and ultimately will count themselves unlucky to have bowed out in the last eight on penalties against eventual runners-up Portland Timbers.
Sounders’ talisman Clint Dempsey has now retired but they still have Uruguay international midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro, former Vitesse Arnhem defender Kelvin Leerdam and on-loan Bournemouth left-back Brad Smith in their roster.
In terms of pre-season results, Cincinnati’s have been considerably better than those of Seattle, who were drubbed 7-1 by champions Atlanta United, and we will back the MLS new boys to claim a point on their debut among the elite.
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