Score Seattle Sounders FC 0-0 Atlanta United FC

Score Seattle Sounders FC 0-0 Atlanta United FC

Kudzi Musarurwa
Seattle Sounders FCFrei; Delem (Wingo, min. 80), Svensson, Alfaro, Jones; Alonso, Roldan; Fernández (Dempsey, min. 57), Lodeiro, Shipp (Bruin, min. 90+1); Morris.
Atlanta United FCKann; Mears, Parkhurst, González Pirez, Garza; Larentowicz; Peterson (Almirón, min. 65), McCann (Carmona, min. 73), Gressel, Asad; Villalba (Jones, min. 82).
REFEREERobert Sibiga (USA). Yellow Card: Gressel (min. 20), Asad (min. 44).
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Full-time: And that's that. Even though no goals were score din this game, the pace has been fantastic and either team could have won it.

90+2' CHANCE! Roldan makes a massive block to stop Jones from winning it right at the death.

CHANCE! Dempsey finds Roldan who whips in a great cross that is just too high for Bruin who gets a touch on it but not enough.

90+1' SUBSTITUTION: Will Bruin comes in for Shipp.

89' Lodeiro's cut back is sent out for a corner. He finds Dempsey who completely misses his volley and the ball goes out for a goal kick.

87' Dempsey mis-controls and Atlanta get forward through Almirón. He combines with Jones but his shot goes straight to Frei.

84' Lodeiro finds Roldan on the run but his cross is deflected into Kann's hands.

82' SUBSTITUTION: Kenwyn Jones comes in for Villalba.

81' Tyronne Mears finds Gressel who charges into the box but blasts his shot over.

80' SUBSTITUTION: Henry Wingo comes in for Delem as Roldan drops into the right back position.

79' Now Delem is brought down in midfield. Lodeiro steps up  and can't find Dempsey at the far post.

78' Seattle keep pushing for the goal and Dempsey wins a free-kick which they take quickly.

73' SUBSTITUTION: Carlos Carmona comes on for McCann as Atlanta's second sub.

70' The ball is pinging around in and out Atlanta's penalty area but Seattle can't put the finishing touch to those moves.

68' Dempsey's lob towards Delem is just too long otherwise the right back was in.

65' Seattle come forward again and a ball into the box is deflected into Kann's hands off of Gressel.

65' SUBSTITUTION: Miguel Almirón comes in for Peterson.

64' The free-kick hits the wall from Lodeiro and now Seattle win a corner. The set piece falls to Roldan who blasts his effort high and wide.

63' The second half is just as frenetic as the first and now Roldan wins a free-kick for Seattle right at the edge of the box.

60' Lodeiro corner comes off the near post and the play eventually stops when Roldan touches the ball out for a goal-kick. The Seattle midfielder was claiming a penalty there.

59' Dempsey and Lodeiro combine as Seattle break and Garza makes a good challenge to stop Morris from scoring.

58' CHANCE! Lodeiro sends a free-kick which finds Dempsey and he cannons his header off the post.

57' SUBSTITUTION: Dempsey comes in for Fernádez.

56' Atlanta try to send Villalba through but Svensson holds off the striker until Frei can get the back.

56' Roldan finds Delem all alone out wide and the right back sends in a great cross which Fernández touches on but there's no one at the back post to tap the ball in for Seattle.

52' Delem has to make a great tackle to stop Asad from being clear through on goal. Corner coming up for Atlanta.

51' Atlanta win the first corner of the half. It comes through a bunch of players before Fernández clears the ball away.

49' Atlanta builds again and McCann takes a speculative shot from a long way out which goes wide.

46' Seattle start the second half off as both teams look to win this game.

Half-time: That half went by quickly as both teams push forward with pace at every opportunity. Neither side has created any good chances yet so it remains goalless.

45+1' Alonso runs by the ball and Lodeiro takes the free-kick which d=bends back towards the goal but not enough to test the goalkeeper.

45' McCann fouls Lodeiro at the top of the box and in a good position for Seattle.

44' YELLOW CARD: Asad gets the second card of the game.

43' Garza gets on the end of a quick free-kick and Svensson has to stand strong to prevent the left back from getting into the box.

41' Harry Shipp gets caught in possession and it's a race between Svensson and Asad for the ball. The defender gets there first with a good tackle.

38' Jones breaks forward again and holds the ball up for Lodeiro. The Uruguayan's cross bypasses everyone though.

35' Garza and Jacob Peterson work the ball between them on the left hand side but Peterson is called back for offside.

31' González Pirez goes by two defenders at the edge of the Seattle box and tries to find Asad but Alonso steps in and gets the ball away.

30' This game is being played at a fantastic pace but no goals to show for it yet.

28' Lodeiro stays onside and finds Morris with a good cut back but the striker can't quite find his feet and the chance goes.

27' The corner comes in and Jeff Larentowicz who sends his header over the crossbar.

26' Gressel tries a long range effort that is deflected out for an Atlanta corner.

25' The play finally stops when Jordy Delem fouls Asad.

24' You can barely keep up with the pace of this game as Seattle gets forward first with Fernández and then Atlanta almost catch Seattle out on the counter.

23' Now Seattle win a free-kick as Asad pulls Fernández back. The quick free-kick is found out by Atlanta and they get the ball to Villalba who uses his pace to drive at Seattle. The attack leads to nothing however.

22' The free-kick is cleared away and Atlanta break with the left back Greg Garza. He wins the free-kick and Atlanta stay in possession.

20' YELLOW CARD: Gressel goes in hard and high on Roldan and picks up the first card of the game. The Atlanta player pulls his leg back at the last second which probably saved him from a straight red card.

19' Atlanta are pushing Seattle back here but have not had a clear sight of goal yet.

16' CHANCE! The ball breaks to Gressel who appeared to foul Alonso during the build up of that play. Frei gets a big hand to it and saves the shot.

15' Lodeiro puts in the delivery deep which Kann completely flaps at but no one is there to take advantage of the mistake by the goalkeeper.

14' Jones gets forward again and wins the first corner-kick of the game for the Sounders. The Sounders play it short and the ball eventually comes to Gustav Svensson who wins another corner.

13' Gressel commits another free-kick in midfield and Seattle keep possession.

12' Villalba breaks free and Frei stands up long enough to get a hand on the ball as the Atlanta striker tries to go around him.

11' This game is end-to-end right now as González Pirez gives the ball away and Lodeiro and Fernández almost combine to create a chance.

10' Again Atlanta lose the ball and again González Pirez has to make a critical last ditch tackle to stop Roldan from clear shot at goal.

9' Seattle win the ball high again and this time it takes a timely tackle by González Pirez to stop Lodeiro from shooting.

9' CHANCE! Julian Gressel loses the ball in midfield and Seattle get forward quickly with numbers. Morris squares the pass and it comes off Roldan's chest and out for a goal-kick.

8' Atlanta get forward with Chris McCann but his pass is intercepted by Osvaldo Alonso

7' The ball breaks to Harry Shipp in the middle and the attacking midfielder gets forward quickly before taking a shot. It goes straight to the hands of the goalkeeper Alec Kann.

6' Nicolás Lodeiro is fouled in midfield and he steps up to take the set piece. It's cleared away easily by Atlanta.

3' Joevin Jones gets forward down the left for Seattle but his cross and cleared and Atlanta look to break but Cristian Roldan gets back quickly to stop the counter.

Atlanta get forward quickly as well and Yamil Asad shoots straight at Stefan Frei in Seattle's goal.

2' Michael Parkhurst gets across quickly to clear the ball away from Jordan Morris.

1' Héctor Villalba starts this game off.

This just in: Chad Marshall has fallen ill and will be replaced by Tony Alfaro in the center of defense.

Key players Clint Dempsey and Kenwyn Jones are both on the bench as both coaches try to rest their legs after their travels during international duty.

Atlanta United FC (4-5-1): Kann; Mears, Parkhurst, González Pirez, Garza; Larentowicz; Peterson, McCann, Gressel, Asad; Villalba.

Seattle Sounders FC (4-2-3-1): Frei; Delem, Svensson, Alfaro, Jones; Alonso, Roldan; Fernández, Lodeiro, Shipp; Morris.

Hello everyone and welcome to what should be another enthralling encounter in Seattle this weekend. Starting lineups heading your way.

Prediction: The loss of Martinez will certainly hurt Atlanta in attack as he has been in red-hot form. That means that Jones will have to have a massive performance against a very sturdy Seattle backline led by Marshall. If I had to pick a winner, it would be Seattle due to the quality they have all over the field and because they will be at home. 

Brian Schmetzer is the head coach of the Sounders while Tata Martino is his counterpart for Atlanta United. The referee assignments see Robert Sibiga as the center official and he will be assisted by Matthew Nelson and Apolinar Mariscal on the sidelines. The fourth official on the day will be Drew Fischer.

Projected Line for Atlanta United FC (4-2-3-1): Kann; Mears, Parkhurst, Pirez, Garza; Carmona, Larentowicz; Villalba, Almiron, Yamil Asad; Jones.

Projected Lineup for Toronto FC (4-2-3-1): Frei; Svensson, Torres, Marshall, Jones; Roldan, Alonso; Lodeiro, Dempsey, Shipp; Morris.

The match will be played at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA on March 30th, 2017. The game will broadcast on FS1 or TSN2 and kickoff is set for 10:30 PM EST.

Both teams will have to battle fatigue brought on by traveling during the international break and if either team is not fully up to fitness by the time the first whistle blows, that team will be blown away by the sheer quality that their opponent has in its ranks.

Martinez may be out but Miguel Almiron and Carlos Carmona are in good form as well and have shown capabilities of being able to unlock defenses at will. Seattle's midfield will have to keep a close eye on those two players as they can change games in an instant and have proven so in Atlanta's three previous wins in three games played.

Atlanta United are also suffering from losing key players to injury, most notably striker Josef Martinez who has been scoring goals for fun in his first MLS season. That loss will hurt Atlanta who tend to play quickly and with shorter passes that Martinez usually latches onto the end of. Kenwyn Jones is expected to fill in for Martinez but he poses a different threat altogether as he is more of a target man to try and ping crosses towards. This could play right into Seattle's hands who, with the likes of Roman Torres and Chad Marshall usually have no problems dealing with crosses.

The one flaw in that plan is the injury to Fisher which he suffered during that match against the Red Bulls. The right-back is still out with that thigh injury and although Gustav Svensson is a capable replacement, he does not offer the same threat going forward that Fisher does. The Sounders will have to try and compensate for that loss by giving their forwards more license to roam, which could give Atlanta's offense free to counter quickly into that space.

The Seattle Sounders are coming off a big 3-1 win against a very good New York Red Bulls side and the momentum seems to have shifted for the current MLS Cup champions after a loss and a draw in their first two games of the season. At the heart of that win was the play of both full-backs, Oniel Fisher and Joevin Jones with Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris causing the Red Bulls defense fits all match long. Even with the potential wear that players will have from playing with their national teams, Seattle will be hard-pressed to drop players in really good form at the moment and will probably start these players in a bid to keep their momentum going in the MLS.

Welcome back to VAVEL USA's coverage of Major League Soccer this weekend. I'm Kudzi Musarurwa, on deck for the first ever meeting between Seattle Sounders FC and Atlanta United FC.