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Unbeaten streaks are nice, but adding a victory to the mix for the Seattle Sounders should make things even better.
Looking to remain undefeated at home, the Sounders hope to build on their first victory in almost a month when they try to hand Orlando City SC a third consecutive defeat Wednesday night.
Seattle (6-1-4) played to three consecutive draws following a 4-1 loss at Los Angeles FC on April 21. However, the Sounders were able to extend their unbeaten stretch to four games with a needed victory Saturday. Cristian Roldan's goal in the fifth minute was all the Sounders needed to handle the visiting Houston Dynamo, 1-0 for their first win since a 3-2 triumph over Toronto FC on April 13.
"Credit to my guys for digging deep," coach Brian Schmetzer, whose side improved to 5-0-2 at home in 2019, told the Sounders' official website.
"It's a testament to a commitment to defend as a team."
On the offensive end of the pitch, Roldan has scored two of his three league goals in the last two games for Seattle, which lost midfielder Victor Rodriguez to a hamstring injury against the Dynamo.
"He is goal dangerous from different parts of the field," Schmetzer said. "He's in a good run of form."
Roldan does not have a goal in four career games versus Orlando (3-5-3), which is 0-3-1 all-time versus Seattle.
In addition to shunning history in the series, City is simply trying to end an 0-2-1 stretch that's produced one goal overall, and none in back-to-back losses to Toronto FC and at Atlanta United FC. Orlando buckled down defensively after giving up a goal within the first 14 minutes Sunday against Atlanta, but those offensive shortcomings led to a 1-0 loss.
"It's tough, we did enough to get a result out of the game … obviously, not enough in our attacking quality moments," midfielder Will Johnson told Orlando's official website.
"We're trying to stay positive. We're trying to stay upbeat, and understanding there's another game Wednesday … We know there is a lot of soccer left to be played."
There's been a lot of time since Orlando star Dom Dwyer has scored a goal. Six consecutive games without one for Dwyer, who has three on the season. He has four in eight career MLS matches against Seattle.
Orlando also hopes to have Nani, and his team-leading five goals and four assists, available for this match after he missed Sunday's contest with an apparent calf injury. The Portuguese star is considered day to day.
Updated May 13, 2019