New York City FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season — Week 18
New York City FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC
 Yankee Stadium — Bronx
July 3 - 7:00 PM ET


A pair of teams coming off dramatic wins on the weekend meet at Yankee Stadium in the midweek when red-hot New York City FC host the Seattle Sounders in the first match of Week 18.

NYCFC (6-1-8) stretched an MLS-best league unbeaten streak to 11 games when rallied for a 4-2 win over Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Saturday in the Bronx. Taty Castellanos drew a pair of penalty kicks, both converted by Maxi Moralez, while Moralez set up both of Castellanos' second-half goals as the Cityzens scored three unanswered goals in the win. 

The Sounders (8-4-5) snapped a three-game losing streak, beating the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 in a Cascadia Cup showdown at CenturyLink Field Saturday night. Kelvin Leerdam scored the lone goal six minutes into second-half stoppage time, taking a feed from Brad Smith and rolling a 12-yard shot inside the far post. 

New York City FC

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Joe Scally (D) - hip injury
    • OUT: James Sands (D) - broken arm
    • OUT: Tony Rocha (D) - hamstring injury
    • OUT: Heber (F) - hamstring injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Maxi Moralez (M), Maxime Chanot (D), Taty Castellanos (F)
  • International duty:  Alexander Callens (D), Sean Johnson (GK)

Seattle Sounders FC

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Will Bruin (F) - right ACL tear
    • QUESTIONABLE: Victor Rodriguez (M) - left hamstring strain
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  None
  • International duty: Jordan Morris (F), Cristian Roldan (M), Raul Ruidiaz (F)

Series Matchup at NYCFC

  • NYCFC: 1 win, 3 goals
  • Sounders: 1 win, 4 goals
  • 0 draws


  • Referee: Rubiel Vazquez
  • Assistant Referees: Logan Brown, Jose J. Da Silva
  • 4th Official: Lorant Varga
  • VAR: Guido Gonzales Jr.