SEATTLE SOUNDERS (1-3-1; 4 POINTS) VS. PHILADELPHIA UNION (3-2-0; 9 POINTS)
7 p.m. Saturday, CenturyLink Field
TV: JOEtv. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
HEAD TO HEAD: The series is even at 3-3-2 overall, but Seattle leads 3-1 at home. The Sounders lost, 1-0, last season at Philadelphia with C.J. Sapong scoring the goal. This is their only scheduled meeting.
NOTES: Philadelphia is tied for the lead of the Eastern Conference, while Seattle is at the bottom of the West. … The Sounders are 1-2 at home; the Union is 1-2 on the road. … Sapong leads Philadelphia with three goals and 16 shots. Seattle’s four goals have come from four different players. … Former Sounder Sebastien Le Toux started for Philadelphia last weekend after coming off the bench the first four matches. … Sounders Brad Evans and Osvaldo Alonso are expected to make their 200th MLS appearances, while Union midfielder Brian Carroll is in line for his 350th. … Philadelphia designed player Maurice Edu (tibia) is out. Seattle forward Nelson Valdez (leg) and midfielder Erik Friberg (knee) trained this week, but coach Sigi Schmid didn’t disclose their roles for this match. … Schmid will be on the sideline with crutches after suffering a broken left tibia earlier in the week. … The referee is Drew Fischer.
QUOTE: “They’re playing a pretty straightforward 4-3-2-1. Their spacing is pretty good. The guys are pretty disciplined. They’ve got a number of young players in the back with (Keegan) Rosenberry and with (Richie) Marquez. … It’s a team that’s still getting to know each other.” — Schmid on the Union
NEXT: 6 p.m. April 23, at Colorado Rapids.