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The Seattle Sounders and Montreal Impact played without much of their top talent as the Gold Cup gets underway. Ten Sounders were missing from the squad Wednesday and the sloppy play on the field was evidence of that as they lost 2-1.
Nicolas Lodeiro (Uruguay), Raul Ruidiaz (Peru), Xavier Arreaga (Ecuador), Jordan Morris (United States), Cristian Roldan (United States), Roman Torres (Panama), Gustav Svensson (Sweden), and Brad Smith (Australia) were all out due to international duty. And if 8 starters being out weren’t bad enough, injury to Kim Kee-Hee upped the ante to show only 2 starter play on the pitch for the Rave Green–goalie Stefan Frei and midfielder Victor Rodriguez.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 6, 2019
The Sounders looked like a team of players who never played before as they managed just 1 shot on goal and 2 shots total. The Impact were hardly the magicians themselves however they were able to carve out 10 shot attempts.
The Sounders found a good goal in the 64th minute with a Rodriguez PK goal, but back to back goals by Saphir Taider including a PK of his own saw the Sounders suffer their second loss in a row.
If there was any bright spot to this event, it was that the Sounders saw the return of Jovin Jones, who should shore up a defense who obviously misses Chad Marshall post-retirement. As well, 16 year old Daniel Leyva became the 3rd youngest player to ever appear in the MLS (the only ones younger are Freddy Adu and Alphonso Davies).
— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) June 6, 2019