March 18, 2023 – Major League Soccer (MLS) – Seattle Sounders FC News Release
SEATTLE, WASH. – Sounders FC (2-1-1, 7 points) played to a scoreless draw with Los Angeles FC (2-0-1, 7 points) on Saturday afternoon on the Emerald Queen Casino Pitch at Lumen Field. Seattle remains unbeaten and has yet to surrender a goal at home in 2023, as the club now hits the road to face Sporting Kansas City next Saturday, March 25, at Children’s Mercy Park (5:30 p.m. PT / Apple TV, iHeart Media, El Rey 1360 AM).
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At the time of writing, Sounders FC moves to third in the MLS Western Conference, level with LAFC on seven points, but trailing today’s opponent on goals scored (seven to six).
Seattle’s home record against LAFC moves to 4-1-3 following today’s result in all competitions. Overall, Sounders FC is now a combined 5-6-4 against the Southern California side, including postseason play.
At Lumen Field in 2023, the Rave Green move to 2-0-1 through their first three matches on home turf.
Goalkeeper Stefan Frei recorded his third shutout of the season. With 94 career clean sheets, Frei ranks third all-time in MLS behind Nick Rimando (154) and Kevin Hartman (112).
Having conceded just one goal through the first four matches of the season, Seattle ties the 2009 Sounders FC team with the fewest goals allowed to open a season through four MLS games.
Forward Raúl Ruidíaz made his first start of the 2023 season on Saturday afternoon. The Peruvian made his 2023 debut as an 81st-minute substitute in a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake on March 4, marking his return from a right hamstring strain that forced him to miss the club’s opening MLS match vs. Colorado.
Ruidíaz also notched his 100th MLS regular-season appearance for Seattle this afternoon. Since joining the club in the summer transfer window of 2018, Ruidíaz has logged 89 regular-season starts to accompany 59 goals and 11 assists in that span.
Making a substitute appearance in the 55th minute of play for injured teammate Jackson Ragen, centerback Xavier Arreaga made his 100th career appearance for the Rave Green across all competitions (82nd appearance in MLS regular-season play).
Midfielder Obed Vargas made his 2023 debut with a substitute appearance in the 63rd…
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