Sounders FC signs four Tacoma Defiance players for short-term loans


Following their first defeat of the season on Sunday, Sounders FC (8-1-5, 29 points) will continue their two-game road on Thursday night, visiting Q2 for the first time to face Team Austin FC (6: 30:00 PT / ESPN , 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM). Both sides previously played to a goalless draw on May 30 at Lumen Field.

Saunders announced today that he has signed short-term agreements with Tacoma Defiance players Samuel Adeniran, Juan Alvarez, Dinner Vargas and Alex Villanueva, making them available for the club’s match tonight in Austin. International challenges, injuries and disciplinary suspensions from Seattle’s squad made the club eligible for Extreme Hardship. As a result, Rave Green has signed short-term loans with four of the USL Championship players, which qualifies them to participate tonight.

Sunday’s defeat in Minnesota ended the league’s record-breaking 13-game unbeaten run (8-0-5) to kick off the season. The streak also became the longest in the club’s history in a single season, coinciding with a franchise record set in 2017 and also the ninth longest unbeaten streak in a single season in league history.

Thursday’s match is broadcast on national channel ESPN, with calls from John Champion and Taylor Twellman. Sports Radio 950 KJR broadcasts today’s radio program with commentators Keith Costigan and Casey Keller, as well as Jackson Felts, Pete Fewing and Danny Jackson providing pre-match, half-time and post-match coverage. El Rey 1360 AM broadcasts the match in Spanish. The calls are Zuper Mario Rodriguez, Felipe Makeda, Carlos Tapia and Marlo Vilela.

Austin (3-6-4, 13 points) is currently ranked 10th in the Western Conference in its first season and 1-1-2 at home since the opening of Q2. Sounders FC returns home Sunday, July 25 for a match between the two leading Western Conference teams hosting Sporting Kansas City at Lumen Stadium (18:00 PT / JOEtv, Prime Video, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM) … …

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