Jul 15, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta United fans celebrate French's victory during the World Cup watch party at Mercedes-Benz Stadium before the Atlanta United game against the Seattle Sounders. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
The Seattle Sounders managed a 1-1 road draw against Atlanta United Sunday, despite being reduced to 10 men in the 63rd minute. Nicolas Lodeiro converted a penalty kick in the 45th minute against the club leading the Supporters’ Shield race and held on for the draw, despite being outshot 19-8.
Here are three takeaways from the match:
McCrary joins list of sent-off Sounders
Jordan McCrary became the fourth player to see red for Seattle in 2018, when he drew his second yellow card just past the hour mark for a late challenge on Leandro Gonzalez Pirez. The club is tied for second in the league for most dismissals this season, while the Vancouver Whitecaps lead the league with six red cards.
Despite the loss of McCrary, Seattle held on for the draw after losing its other three matches when playing down a man by a combined score of 5-0.
Return of Kelvin Leerdam
The loss of McCrary at right back made way for the substitute return of Kelvin Leerdam to the Sounders’ lineup. The Dutch right back came on for midfielder Harry Shipp two minutes after McCrary’s dismissal, making his first appearance since suffering a hamstring strain against D.C. United June 9.
Leerdam finished with a tackle, two clearances and a recovery in 25 minutes, a sign that Seattle may now be able to count on it’s first-choice back line moving forward.
No debut for Raul Ruidiaz
Seattle’s reduction to 10 men meant the debut of new designated player Raul Ruidiaz would have to wait. Ruidiaz, who signed with the club June 29, spent his first eligible game in Seattle after the official beginning of the summer transfer window taking in the match from the bench.
The club made the move to sign the Peruvian international by performing some roster acrobatics, buying down the cap hit of designated player Osvaldo Alonso and sending Cameroonian striker Felix Chenkam out on loan to Sounders 2, the club’s USL affiliate.