On Saturday, February 4, in the second round of the FIFA Club World Cup, Seattle Sounders will play Al Ahly at the Grand Stade de Tanger. On Wednesday, the CAF representatives Al Ahly defeated Auckland City 3-0 in the first round. Seattle, winners of the CONCACAF Champions League, are currently competing in their first Club World Cup game.
In Morocco, the Sounders will attempt to make a statement and maintain their blistering form in the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League. They did not make the playoffs in the 2022 Major Soccer League, finishing 21st overall and 11th in the Western Conference. They are now up against the ferocious Al Ahly.
After a convincing victory in their season opener, the Egyptian team gained confidence and will hope to build on that success on Saturday. Al Ahly is aiming for something bigger this time around and can rely on support from the local community, as evidenced by their three bronze medals prior to their eighth participation.
The Cairo-based Nadi El Watanniyah team has won their last ten games and has the form to back up their ambition. Ahly appears to be more battle-hardened due to their superior competition experience, even though they will face Seattle for the first time. The MSL is not in action while the Egyptian league is.
Due to injuries, Joao Paulo and Obed Vargas have been sidelined. Nicolas Lodeiro scored five goals in the Champions League, while Raul Ruidaz was Seattle’s top scorer in the 2022 MLS with nine goals. Once more, both men will guard the attack for their side.
In the meantime, Mohamed Sherif, Al Ahly’s leading scorer, lived up to expectations by scoring the opening goal against Auckland City and will attempt to repeat that performance against Seattle. As a result of their superior form and experience, Al Ahly is anticipated to win.
Prediction: Seattle Sounders 1-2 Al Ahly
Seattle has won two of their last ten competitive games. In their last ten competitive games, Seattle has lost five times and drawn three times. In their last five games, Seattle has given up seven goals and scored five goals. In their last five competitive games, Al Ahly has scored ten goals.
In their last five games, Seattle has drawn three times and lost twice, while Al Ahly has won four times and lost once.
Form Guide: Seattle – L-D-D-L-D; Al Ahly – W-W-W-W-D
Nicolas Lodeiro, a Sounders midfielder, scored five goals last season, making him the second-highest scorer in the CONCACAF Champions League. None of his goals were as big as his brace in the first leg of the final against Pumas, which brought them back from 2-0 down.
Raul Ruidiaz also scored twice in the final leg, Fredy Montero and Jordan Morris each scored three times, and Stefan Frei was named the tournament’s best goalkeeper. Cristian Roldan, Xavier Arreaga, and Nouhou Tolo were all selected to be the CCL team of the tournament, with the exception of Montero.
The team in Major League Soccer decided not to exercise their option on Will Bruin, Jimmy Medranda left for the Columbus Crew, and they signed Heber from New York City FC. Joao Paulo, who missed the majority of last season due to a torn ACL, played in their friendly loss to Hammarby (3-2) on Saturday.
Al Ahly advanced to the next phase of the competition thanks to goals from Hussein El Shahat, Mohamed Sherif, and Percy Tau. Mohamed El Shenawy only needed to make one stop to keep another clean sheet.
At this stage of the 2021 Club World Cup, they scored a goal from Mohamed Hany to advance to the semi-finals. Yasser Ibrahim scored twice to help them beat Al Hilal to third place, with Ahmed Abdel Kader and Amr El Solia scoring the other goals.
Near the end of December, Mostafa Shobeir’s cartilage was damaged, and Karim Fouad and Akram Tawfik’s cruciate ligaments were ruptured.
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