A 2-0 victory over Houston gave the Rave Green the MLS record for the longest unbeaten streak to start a season. The Loons saw their seven match unbeaten run end with a 2-0 defeat to Colorado on Wednesday, leaving them seventh in the Western Conference.
Ramon Abila will miss this match for the Loons as he is suspended after picking up a red card in the loss to Colorado. Michael Boxall remains sidelined with a thigh injury and Dayne St. Clair is away with Canada for the Gold Cup. Bakaye Dibassy is a doubt as the Malian continues to nurse a thigh injury.
The Sounders will be without Alex Roldan and Cristian Roldan as they are away on Gold Cup duty with El Salvador. Will Bruin, Nicolas Lodeiro and Will Bruin continue to be sidelined with injuries while the status of Nouhou (left adductor strain) and Shane O'Neill (left hip flexor strain) is in doubt.
Minnesota United: Miller; Finlay, Raitala, Kallman, Gasper; Trapp, Gregus; Lod, Reynoso, Fragapane; Hunou
Seattle: Cleveland; Arreaga, Gómez, Cissoko; Smith, Rowe, Paulo, Atencio; Montero, Ruidiaz
Ones to watch
The Minnesota attack has been bolstered by the signings of Adrien Hunou, who came over from Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais in late April and has scored twice in six starts and winger Franco Fragapane, two goals and three assists to his name since joining from Argentina Primera Division club Talleres in May.
Joao Paulo has been a dominant force in the midfield in the absence of Lodeiro as the Brazilian has excelled on both ends of the pitch. Against Houston, he game-highs in touches (106), total passes (80) and defensive recoveries (15). Kelyn Rowe scored his first goal in a Seattle shirt and looks set to slot in at right wingback.
The Sounders have dominated the rivalry overall, winning six and drawing once in seven previous meetings against Minnesota with the two sides meeting in the season opener at Lumen Field. Seattle came away with a 4-0 victory.
Paulo opened the scoring in the 49th minute with a 25-yard blast into the top corner. Bruin then set up Seattle's second, squaring a ball for Ruidiaz, who finished past St. Clair.
Montero sent a scoop pass to Cristian Roldan, who squared for Ruidiaz and he made no mistake with his chance to make it 3-0. The Sounders capped things off three minutes from time as Alex Roldan picked out Montero on the far side, his volley back across goal beating St. Clair once again.
ESPN will be providing nationally televised coverage with kickoff set for 2pm Eastern time.