Seattle Sounders vs Al Ahly - FIFA Club World Cup: TV channel, team news, lineups & prediction

The Sounders are making their Club World Cup debut.
The Sounders are making their Club World Cup debut. / Steph Chambers/Khaled Desouki

History will be made on Saturday when the Seattle Sounders face Al Ahly in the FIFA Club World Cup.

After winning the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League, the Sounders will become the first-ever MLS team to compete at the Club World Cup tournament, beginning their campaign against Egyptian powerhouse Al Ahly.

Up for grabs is a semi-final clash with reigning and 13-time European champions Real Madrid, so both sides will be going right at it.

Here's everything you need to know about Saturday's match:

Where are Seattle Sounders vs Al Ahly playing?

  • Location: Tangier, Morocco
  • Stadium: Ibn Batouta Stadium
  • Date: Saturday, 4 February
  • Kick-off Time: 17:30 GMT / 12:30 ET / 09:30 PST

Seattle Sounders vs Al Ahly H2H Results (Last Five Games)

This is the first meeting between these two sides.

Current Form (Last Five Games)

  • Seattle Sounders: DLDLW
  • Al Ahly: WWWWD

How to watch Seattle Sounders vs Al Ahly on TV and live stream

United Kingdom

  • FIFA+

United States

  • Fox Sports 2
  • FIFA+


  • FIFA+

Seattle Sounders team news

Brazilian midfielder Joao Paulo has been in pre-season action after recovering from a torn ACL and would be a huge boost to the Sounders' chances at this tournament. Head coach Brian Schmetzer has hinted he could play a role in Morocco.

The Sounders boast one of the strongest MLS lineups including the likes of Raul Ruidiaz, Nicolas Lodeiro, and Jordan Morris.

Seattle Sounders predicted lineup vs Al Ahly

Seattle Sounders starting 11 (3-4-2-1): Frei; Gomez, Arreaga, Tolo; A. Roldan, Leyva, Rusnak, Morris; Lodeiro, C. Roldan; Ruidiaz.

Al Ahly team news

Al Ahly enjoyed a routine 3-0 win over Auckland City in round one, avoiding injuries and red cards. They'll play a full-strength team against the Sounders to try and earn that coveted clash with Real Madrid.

Al Ahly predicted lineup vs Seattle Sounders

Al Ahly starting 11 (4-5-1): Shenawi; Hany, Metwalli, Abdelmonem, Maaloul; Shahat, Fathi, Dieng, Sulaya, Abdelkader; Sherif.

Seattle Sounders vs Al Ahly score prediction

On paper, these two teams are very closely matched - especially with Joao Paulo returning to fitness. Under normal circumstances, you'd even say Seattle edge it.

However, the Sounders have only just started pre-season, with a number of players either playing a part at the 2022 World Cup, or having the winter off entirely. This will be the Rave Green's first competitive match of the year.

Al Ahly, meanwhile, are right in the midst of their domestic campaign and sit top of the Egyptian Premier League, undefeated after 15 matches. That momentum could make all the difference.

Prediction: Seattle Sounders 1-3 Al Ahly