The Sounders dropped their first points of their 2021 campaign last week in a 1-1 draw with Atlanta United, while Austin have lost three in a row heading into this matchup.
After an impressive opening six matches this season, Seattle suffered their first blemish last weekend, conceding a penalty in the 86th minute.
For a team that have been so focused and determined to be perfect in every department, they will not be pleased that they let two points slip away, especially given that they had the lead for 80 minutes.
When you look at the big picture, it is probably just a minor hiccup, as Brian Schmetzer has seen his team execute his new system incredibly well, conceding only three goals all season, not a single one of which has been from open play.
The 2020 MLS Cup runners-up were criticised before this season for not signing any big-name players, but they have proved all the critics wrong up until now, dominating many of the elite teams in the league.
Joao Paulo has been a gem in midfield with pin-point crossing and terrific poise and control with the ball in a midfield that have been exceptionally strong through their first seven games.
The newest MLS franchise started strongly through their first three games of the season, winning twice, but they have since cooled off.
Facing two tough teams in Sporting Kansas City and Nashville SC, along with the improved LA Galaxy, Josh Wolff and his team are learning how important it is to stay sharp while not resting on your laurels.
Los Verdes have been humbled over their past two MLS fixtures, firing two shots on goal versus the Galaxy and only one shot on target last week against one of the top defensive units in MLS in Nashville.
Austin have had their share of possession with at least 55% in their past two defeats, but they have been disappointing in front of goal and are not doing enough with the ball.
The season, however, is still very early, they are still in the race for a playoff position and they will have some time after this match to recharge their batteries with the upcoming international break.
The Sounders will be without goalkeeper Stefan Frei, who continues to recover from a knee injury.
Cecilio Dominguez is goalless in his last four games after scoring twice in a 3-1 victory over Minnesota United, and veteran central midfielder Alexander Ring returned last week after serving a two-game suspension for a red card in their defeat to Sporting KC.
Seattle Sounders possible starting lineup:
Cleveland; Gomez, Arreaga, Tolo; Roldan, Rowe, Paulo, Smith; Roldan; Bruin, Ruidiaz
Austin FC possible starting lineup:
Stuver; Kolmanic, Besler, Romana, Lima; Pochettino, Ring, Pereira; Dominguez, Hoesen, Redes
We say: Seattle Sounders 3-0 Austin FC
These teams have never faced each other, which may be a slight advantage for Austin, but even so, Brian Schmetzer and the Sounders are fast learners and should adjust their tactics quickly if needed.
Austin have only scored one goal in their last three games and have fired just two shots or fewer on target in their past two matches, which is not super encouraging when you are getting ready to face the strongest defensive side in MLS.