Home Side Desperate for a Victory
The Seattle Sounders recently won the CONCACAF Champions League title. First team from the United States to do so. Domestically, things have been completely different. The Sounders haven’t won in their last three MLS games. They share the Western Conference’s last place with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The good news for Seattle is that Minnesota United comes next. The Loons were the last team that the Sounders managed to defeat. According to the Soccer odds, which Seattle dominates at -130, there’s a good chance for that to happen again.
Seattle Sounders: Time To Get Serious
As if sitting in the Western Conference last place wasn’t enough, the Seattle Sounders lost in the Round of 32 of the U.S. Open Cup. They faced the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday. After an intense matchup that ended 2-2, San Jose won the penalty shootout 10-9.
Regarding the MLS, Seattle’s last game was against FC Dallas. The Sounders were still celebrating the continental title and lost 2-0. That was the fourth game in which the Sounders didn’t score.
The thing is that the same team crushed Pumas 3-0 at Lumen Field in the second leg of the CCL Final. Raul Ruidiaz scored the first two goals, while Nicolas Lodeiro sealed the deal. One week prior, Seattle got a draw (2-2) in Mexico. In other words, the talent is there.
There’s also the fact that due to the continental tournament, Seattle has played two games less than most of the teams. They could start building a streak by defeating Minnesota.
Defensively, Seattle has allowed at least one goal in each of its previous eight games. If they want to climb up to the playoff zone, that must change. The good news is that Yeimar Gomez and Xavier are expected to return after missing the game against Dallas.
After all, there are plenty of reasons to include the Sounders in your Soccer picks.
Minnesota United Also Needs To Bounce Back
Minnesota United had a great start. However, the Loons lost their last two games, which made them fall to seventh place.
Losing to Los Angeles FC (2-0) on the road was expected. LAFC is the top-scoring team in the league. The thing is that losing to FC Cincinnati (1-0) wasn’t part of the plan, especially with the game being in Minnesota.
Midweek, Minnesota got an extra dose of motivation by defeating the Colorado Rapids in the Round of 32 of the U.S. Open Cup. The Loons won 2-1 despite finishing the game with 10 players after Brent Kallman got a red card. Abu Danladi and Emanuel Reynoso were the scorers.
The Loons have only won one game on the road, 1-0 over the New York Red Bulls. That was also the only match in which they finished with a clean sheet.
Minnesota is offering a +330 price in the sportsbook. If you bet $100 on them and they pull off the stunner, your payout would be $430. I think those numbers are worth consideration, especially knowing that the pressure is on Seattle’s side.
Seattle Sounders vs Minnesota United Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 11
- Seattle Sounders Victories: 9 (23 goals)
- Minnesota United Victories: 1 (8 goals)
- Draws: 1
These two collided in early-April at Allianz Field. The Seattle Sounders were the Soccer betting underdogs at +260 but ended up winning 2-1. Joao Paulo and Brent Kallman scored for the visitors, while Reynoso did it for the home side.
The Sounders won 8 of their last 10 meetings, averaging 1.9 goals per game. On the other hand, Minnesota United averaged 0.8 goals per game.
Seattle Sounders vs Minnesota United Game Information
- Date: Sunday, May 15
- Time: 4 p.m. ET
- Location: Lumen Field, Seattle
- Seattle Sounders vs Minnesota United Stream: fubo.tv
Seattle Sounders vs Minnesota United Betting Lines
Seattle Sounders vs Minnesota United Prediction
First, the Seattle Sounders are way better than the standings show. Second, Minnesota United has won four of its last 22 road games. Last but not least, Seattle’s attacking trio woke up over the last couple of weeks. Lodeiro, Ruidiaz, and Freddy Montero scored 7 of the team’s last 10 goals in all competitions. They’ll go all-in right from the start, so you can expect several goals, including one before the 20-minute mark.