Two of Major League Soccer’s top clubs begin a 180-minute quest to become the fifth MLS representative to advance to the CONCACAF Champions League Final. The survivor of the semi-final series between NYCFC and Seattle Sounders will attempt to become the first MLS club to win the competition in its revamped format.
The 2022 Champions League knockout bracket has produced an MLS vs. Liga MX with two MLS semi-finalists on one side of the group and two Liga MX semi-finalists on the other. Mexico City clubs Pumas UNAM and Cruz Azul are tangling in the opposite semi-final (Pumas lead 2-1 in the first leg).
Heading into the first leg of the semi-final between the MLS teams, Seattle looks like the team that is thriving right now, with an increasingly healthy squad and three consecutive positive finishes in the league that have helped put two opening league defeats 1-0 in the rear view mirror. mirror.
On the other hand, it has been a grueling start to the season for NYCFC, which has had to travel to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto in the first six weeks of the campaign. The defending MLS Cup champions have struggled to duplicate last season’s consistently fearsome attack, and a battered defense has been unable to resist.
NYCFC has lost its last three games in a row, including two in MLS. That streak includes a 4-2 loss in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal second leg to Comunicaciones that saw the Palomas barely reach the semi-finals of the tournament. Now, with another trip to the West Coast, the team must rally to avoid falling behind early in the two-legged series.
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How to watch Seattle Sounders vs. NYCFC
- Date: Wednesday, April 6
- Hour: 10 p.m. Eastern Time
- Television channel: FS1
- Spanish TV: TUDN
- Transmission: fuboTV
Wednesday’s game between the Seattle Sounders and NYCFC from Lumen Field will be broadcast on FS1 (English) and TUDN (Spanish) in the US.
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Seattle Sounders vs. Projected Lineups NYCFC
Both Nicholas Lodeiro and Raul Ruidíaz they’ve returned from recent injuries, a huge boost for Seattle’s offense. Both had 45-minute spells against Minnesota over the weekend, with Lodeiro getting a key assist for the opening goal.
With those two in the lineup, this is a nearly complete Seattle roster welcoming NYCFC to Lumen Field in such an important game.
Seattle Sounders Projected Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Frei (GK) — Nouhou, Arreaga, Ragen, A. Roldan — Rusnak, Joao Paulo — Morris, Lodeiro, C. Roldan — Ruidiaz.
Coupled with the grueling early travel schedule, NYCFC hasn’t had the same luck with injuries that Seattle has.
Last year’s starting right back anton tinnerholm is still recovering from a ruptured Achilles suffered in mid-October, which forced the combination of Andrew Jason and Nicholas Acevedo for substitute out of position. On the other flank, malte amundson he missed the last game with an undisclosed injury that forced Chris Gloster to intervene, and the status of the first-choice left back is unknown.
while young Large Sizes has had a good start to the season, his fellow Brazilian Thiago Martins he hasn’t, leaving the defense in serious flux. In addition, the trio of midfielders maxi morality, Keaton Parksand alfredo morales The year has not started with the same sharpness and danger as last season. Does head coach Ronny Deila do anything to turn things around?
NYCFC Projected Starting Lineup (4-3-3): Johnson (GK) — Gloster, Callens, Martins, Acevedo — Parks, Moralez, Morales — Talles Magno, Castellanos, Rodriguez.
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Seattle Sounders vs NYCFC Betting Lines & Odds
fees via Sports Interaction (Canada)
The Sounders are the small favorite as a home team, but it can be argued that +134 odds are generous given the injury status of both teams and the fact that NYCFC had to make the cross-country trip just a few days later. playing in Toronto.
|+108 / -149|
|-130 / -120|
|seattle pick ’em||-141|
|NYCFC pick ’em up||+106|