Seattle Sounders vs. Pumas live score, updates, highlights from CONCACAF Champions League final second leg -

Seattle Sounders vs. Pumas live score, updates, highlights from CONCACAF Champions League final second leg

It all comes down to this. With the aggregate score level at 2-2 after the first leg, there are 90 minutes to decide the winner of the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League final.

No MLS club has ever won the CONCACAF Champions League, and all four previous final appearances by an MLS club featured failure on home soil. Seattle has the next crack, and the home crowd will be unlike any in the past.

Seattle hopes the raucous home crowd is the boost needed to push Major League Soccer to its first regional title since 2000, and its first since the rebrand of the competition in 2008-09. The crowd is expected to set a CONCACAF Champions League attendance record, with over 67,000 tickets already confirmed sold.

Pumas, meanwhile, expects to keep the Liga MX vice grip firmly clamped over the continental competition, with Mexican clubs winning each of the previous 16 competitions. While Liga MX is no stranger to hoisting the trophy, Pumas is not among the previous winners of the CONCACAF Champions League and would love to add a new trophy to the case. The club has, however, topped the continental competition three previous times, all coming in the 1980’s. 

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Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

Seattle Sounders vs. Pumas live score

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Seattle Sounds vs. Pumas live updates, highlights commentary

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40 mins before kick: Pumas is no stranger to playing CONCACAF Champions League matches on the road in the United States, having won two of its three matches north of the border in the current format. The club went to FC Dallas and won 2-0 in 2011-12, and picked up a 3-1 win against the Houston Dynamo in 2008-09. The only failed result was the 3-0 loss to New England earlier in this year’s tournament, which the club famously turned around in the home leg and won on penalties.

50 mins before kick: Lineups are in, and there are only slight surprises. Brian Schmetzer has opted against swapping center-backs, as Yeimar Gomez starts again despite struggling in the first leg, with Jackson Ragen again on the bench. That means the Sounders’ lineup is unchanged from the reverse fixture.

For Pumas, despite the fact that Jesus Rivas played well off the bench at right-back when starter Alan Mozo went down injured, it’s Ricardo Galindo out wide with Arturo Ortiz in the middle, back from suspension in the first leg.

75 mins before kick: The match is still on track to set the CONCACAF Champions League attendance record.

93 mins before kick: Meanwhile, professional sports stars all over Seattle are coming out to support the Sounders, including Sounders part-owner Ken Griffey, Jr. and former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.

105 minutes before kick: (5:15 p.m. local):  Pumas fans making themselves heard in the streets. They’ll have an easier time there than inside the stadium.

Seattle Sounders vs. Pumas lineups

The Sounders had the weekend off in league play, with the league moving Seattle’s game against Vancouver to mid-June to give the MLS side a full week to rest up. With that, Seattle has stuck with the same starting lineup from the first leg.

There weren’t likely to be many changes to the starting lineup that took the field last week in Mexico, with the first-choice squad all coming through the match healthy. The only change that Brian Schmetzer could have looked to make would be to bring on Jackson Ragen at center back in place of Yeimar Gomez who struggled mightily in the first leg. Schmetzer resisted the change, and has stuck with Gomez.

With Jordan Morris and Nicolas Lodeiro playing well in the first leg, they lead the attack again. Raul Ruidiaz will look to bring his shooting boots this match after a poor first leg in front of net, while Cristian Roldan will hope to be more of a creative force.

Seattle Sounders projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Frei (GK) — Nouhou, Arreaga, Gomez, A. Roldan — Rusnak, Joao Paulo — Morris, Lodeiro, C. Roldan — Ruidiaz.

Talismanic Pumas striker Juan Ignacio Dinenno wasn’t even supposed to play in the first leg. Not only did Dinenno make the starting lineup, but he scored a brace and caused the Seattle backline problems all evening. Dinenno scored two more goals in a Liga MX win over Pachuca on Sunday, coming off the bench for the final half-hour and bagging a brace, cementing his in-form status.

Alan Mozo suffered an ugly leg injury in the first leg of this matchup, but his young replacement at right back Jesus Rivas did well after coming on. Still, Pumas turns to Ricardo Galindo to fill in along the back line.

Pumas rested a number of defenders in the Pachuca win over the weekend, including Nicolas Freire and Efrain Velarde, plus midfielder Leonel Lopez and attacker Fabio Alvarez. All four return for the continental decider.

Next to Friere at center back, Galindo started the first leg in the middle and deputized at right back in league play on Sunday, but with him again out wide, Arturo Ortiz jumps back into the middle after missing the first leg due to suspension.

Pumas projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Talavera (GK) — Velarde, Freire, Ortiz, Galindo — Lopez, Higor Meri — Diogo, Rogerio, Alvarez — Dinenno.

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How to watch Seattle Sounders vs. Pumas

  • Date: Wednesday, May 4
  • Time: 10 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: FS1 (USA), TUDN (USA), OneSoccer (Canada)
  • Streaming: fuboTV

Like the first leg, the second leg in Seattle will also be broadcast on FS1 (English) and TUDN (Spanish) in the USA, as well as OneSoccer in Canada.

It can also be streamed on fuboTV in both nations, and new users can take advantage of a free trial.

Seattle Sounders vs. Pumas betting lines, picks & prediction

Odds via DraftKings (USA) & Sports Interaction (Canada)

Across the first 90 minutes of this final series, the two sides were evenly matched. But one thing stands out: Seattle created two “big chances” from open play, and missed them both.

Had the Sounders been able to capitalize on those, this would be a very different matchup. Even so, for Seattle to create that many opportunities on the road in Mexico — the Sounders also led the corner count 7-4 and had 171 passes in the opposition half to Pumas’s 119 — an even more impressive performance in front of the home crowd is likely.

And let’s talk about that home crowd. The hosts show up on the field when their fans show up in the seats: Seattle is 7-0-1 in games where the home crowd eclipses 60,000 fans.

The crowd will be jumping, and this Seattle team is resilient. Even an early Pumas goal wouldn’t get the Sounders down. That’s why the expectation is that the Sounders become the first MLS team to hoist the CONCACAF Champions League trophy.

Pick: Seattle Sounders to win & both teams to score (+275 on DraftKings)

Prediction: Seattle Sounders 3-1 Pumas

(Sports Interaction)
Seattle Sounders Win -110 -111
Draw +250 +225
Pumas Win +300 +250
Both teams
to score Y / N
-135 / +100 -159 / +101
Over / Under
2.5 goals
-105 / -120 -108 / -128
Sounders -0.5 -110 -106
Pumas +0.5 -110 -125

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