2023 Season

Match Preview Presented by Lexus: Seattle Sounders FC vs. Austin FC


Austin FC heads to the Pacific Northwest for the second time in 12 days for a midweek road match against Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday, May 17. Kickoff is set for 9:30 p.m. CT/7:30 p.m. PT at Lumen Field.


Fans can watch the match in English or Spanish in over 100 countries via MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.

  • Stream: Click here to watch the match, or access it through any device compatible with the Apple TV app. An MLS Season Pass subscription is required.
  • Radio: The match will be broadcast live locally in English on iHeart Radio’s Alt 97.5, and in Spanish on Univision’s TUDN Radio Austin (104.3-HD2, KLQB-FM).

Austin FC Outlook

Last week had its share of highs and lows for the Verde & Black. The team earned a 2-0 win in the U.S. Open Cup over New Mexico United on May 10, but fell to a narrow defeat against FC Dallas on May 13, playing with 10 men for the final 40 minutes of the match. Despite the mixed results, there were plenty of positives to take away from both performances.

Austin was only moments away from keeping back-to-back clean sheets. Josh Wolff's side held Dallas without a shot on target during the entire time ATXFC had 11 men on the pitch, with FCD forcing Brad Stuver to make a save for the first time in the 64th-minute. That save was the 300th of Stuver’s MLS career.

The Verde & Black will also take confidence from the gritty point they earned in Portland on May 6, playing in a similar climate and on a similar surface to what they’ll face in Seattle on Wednesday. Austin twice fought back from a one-goal deficit in that match and displayed plenty of threatening moments going forward.

Victory over the Sounders would provide three important points and a momentum boost before Austin hosts Toronto on Saturday for what will be the team’s fifth match in 15 days.

Seattle Sounders Outlook

Up until Seattle’s most recent home game, the Sounders had not lost at Lumen Field since last August. That streak ended with a 2-1 defeat to Sporting Kansas City, but Seattle bounced back last Saturday with a 1-0 away win over Houston.

The defending Concacaf Champions League winners continue to be one of the trickier road trips in MLS, and the two goals they conceded to SKC were the only two they’ve conceded in six league home matches in 2023. Their attack has scored 15 of its 19 goals from open play, with U.S. international striker Jordan Morris leading the way on eight goals.

Leo Chu is tied for third-most assists in MLS with five, but missed Seattle’s match against Houston with a foot sprain. A number of other key players were out for that game as well, including Cristian Roldan, Nouhou, and Raul Ruidiaz. Young midfielder Obed Vargas is away on international duty with the U.S. U-20 Men’s Youth National Team, alongside Austin FC midfielder Owen Wolff.

Despite those absences, the Sounders have a deep squad which finds itself in first place in the Western Conference. Joao Paulo remains a stalwart in defensive midfield, and Nicolas Lodeiro provides quality, leadership, and chance creation in the 10 role.

Possible Seattle Lineup

(4-2-3-1, R-L) - GK: Stefan Frei; Alex Roldan, Yeimar Gomez, Xavier Arreaga, Cody Baker; Joao Paulo, Albert Rusnak; Dylan Teves, Nicolas Lodeiro, Jordan Morris; Heber