MLS preseason 2023: Sounders get Club World Cup prep, Red Bulls top US U-20s 

Sounders preseason

Seattle Sounders FC played their first and final tune-up matches ahead of their participation at the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup next week, facing a pair of European opponents in Marbella, Spain.

Back stateside, Sporting Kansas City, New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United also saw action against non-MLS competition, while LAFC took on NYCFC and St. Louis CITY SC went toe-to-toe with Inter Miami CF.

Here's how each team fared on a busy preseason Saturday.

Seattle Sounders FC 0, Wolfsberger AC 0

A mostly first-choice lineup couldn't find a goal for the Sounders, and the club had to settle for a scoreless draw against Austrian side Wolfsberger AC in Marbella, Spain.

Raul Ruidíaz and Jordan Morris threatened throughout the match, but neither was able to break the deadlock to find a winner for Seattle.


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  • SEA starting XI: Stefan Frei - Alex Roldan, Yeimar, Jackson Ragen, Nouhou - Josh Atencio, Albert Rusnák - Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro, Jordan Morris - Raul Ruidíaz

Seattle Sounders FC 2, Hammarby IF 3

The Sounders found their scoring touch, but couldn't get past Sweden's Hammarby IF in Saturday's European nightcap.

Despite goals from veteran Fredy Montero and youngster Georgi Minoungou (of Tacoma Defiance), the Sounders failed to secure the win, giving up three goals (two in the second half) to Hammarby.

The biggest plus for the Rave Green was the return of 2021 Landon Donovan MLS MVP finalist João Paulo, who saw his first minutes of action since tearing his ACL in May.


  • 39' - SEA - Fredy Montero
  • 45' - HAM 
  • 57' - HAM 
  • 72' - SEA - Georgie Minoungou
  • 88' - HAM 


  • SEA starting XI: Stefan Cleveland - Ethan Dobbelaere, Abdoulaye Cissoko, Xavier Arreaga, Kelyn Rowe - Sota Kitahara, João Paulo - Reed Baker-Whiting, Fredy Montero, Léo Chú - Héber

New York Red Bulls 2, USA U-20s 1

The Red Bulls got goals from Brazilian attackers Luquinhas and Elias Manoel to earn a 2-1 win over the US U-20s at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Luquinhas opened the scoring in the first half, but the US U-20s found a goal to bring the sides level heading into the break. In the second half, Manoel – who recently inked a permanent deal with the Red Bulls after first joining them on loan for the end of 2022 – grabbed the game-winner with a stunning scissor kick.


  • 1H - RBNY - Luquinhas 
  • 2H - RBNY - Elias Manoel


  • RBNY starting XI: Anthony Marcucci - Frankie Amaya, Tom Barlow, Cristian Cásseres Jr., Kyle Duncan, Omir Fernandez, Luquinhas, Dylan Nealis, Sean Nealis, Jayden Reid, Dru Yearwood

Sporting Kansas City 8, Grand Canyon University 0

The goals came fast and they didn't stop in Phoenix, Ariz., as Sporting Kansas City put three away in the first half and added five more in the second to beat NCAA side Grand Canyon University 8-0.

Five SKC players found the net in the one-sided rout, including U22 Initiative winger Marinos Tzionis and striker Willy Agada, who both scored braces.


  • 13' - SKC - Willy Agada
  • 21' - SKC - GCU own goal
  • 28' - SKC - Willy Agada
  • 46' - SKC - Shaun Joash
  • 51' - SKC - Danny Flores
  • 70' - SKC - Marinos Tzionis
  • 70' - SKC - Jake Davis
  • 80' - SKC - Marinos Tzionis


  • SKC starting XI: Tim Melia - Kayden Pierre, Kortne Ford, Andreu Fontas, Ben Sweat - Roger Espinoza, Remi Walter, Erik Thommy - Johnny Russell, Willy Agada, Daniel Salloi
  • SKC second starting XI: Kendall McIntosh - Cam Duke, Chris Rindov, Nassim Mekideche, Robert Voloder - Felipe Hernández, Danny Flores, Jake Davis - Yeison Mejía, Shaun Joash, Marions Tzionis

Atlanta United 3, Chattanooga FC 3

Luiz Araújo netted a brace and Machop Chol added a third goal for Atlanta United, who played to a 3-3 draw against National Independent Soccer Association (third division) side Chattanooga FC in their 2023 preseason opener.

All six goals came during a lively first half at Finley Stadium. Things calmed down significantly over the final 45 minutes, with neither side emerging victorious.


  • 7' - CHA
  • 12' - ATL - Luiz Araújo
  • 20' - ATL - Machop Chol
  • 28' - CHA
  • 42' - ATL - Luiz Araújo
  • 44' - CHA


  • ATL starting XI: Brad Guzan - Santiago Sosa, Luiz Araújo, Brooks Lennon, Miles Robinson, Franco Ibarra, Andrew Gutman, Matheus Rossetto, Juanjo Purata, Machop Chol, Jackson Conway
  • ATL second starting XI: Quentin Westberg - Aiden McFadden, Noah Cobb, Kofi Twumasi, Ronald Hernández, Alan Carleton, Nick Firmino, David Mejía, Luke Brennan, Tyler Young, Danial Sebhatu


LAFC and NYCFC played to a 1-1 draw in a closed-door friendly in Los Angeles, Calif.

The hosts broke the ice near halftime, only for the Cityzens to even things up just two minutes later via a Talles Magno penalty kick. The score remained unchanged in the second half, as both sides shared the spoils in Southern California.


  • 30' - LAFC
  • 32' - NYC - Talles Magno


  • LAFC starting XI: Not available
  • NYCFC starting XI: Luis Barraza - Tayvon Gray, Thiago Martins, Maxime Chanot, Kevin O'Toole - Alfredo Morales, Keaton Parks, Maximo Carrizo - Matías Pellegrini, Talles Magno, Thiago Andrade

St. Louis CITY SC 4, Inter Miami CF 0

MLS newcomers St. Louis CITY got the better of Inter Miami in a 120-minute scrimmage (three 40-minute periods) at the Florida Blue Training Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Expansion Draft pickup Indiana Vassilev got St. Louis on the board against his former club in the first period, and substitutes Lucas Bartlett, Samuel Adeniran and Célio Antonio Pompeu poured it on over the final 60 minutes to give CITY the convincing win.


  • 38' - SLC - Indiana Vassilev
  • 64' - SLC - Lucas Bartlett
  • 89' - SLC - Samuel Adeniran
  • 105' - SLC - Célio Antonio Pompeu


  • STL starting XI: Ben Lundt - Jake Nerwinski, Tim Parker, Kyle Hiebert, John Nelson, Eduard Löwen, Indiana Vassilev, Tomás Ostrák, Nicholas Gioacchini, Jared Stroud, Klauss
  • MIA starting XI: Not available