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SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (7-3-2; 23 POINTS) VS. NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-2-5; 17 POINTS)2 p.m. Sunday, CenturyLink Field.TV: ESPN2. RADIO: 97.3 FMHEAD TO HEAD: The regular-season series is even at 3-3-3. The Sounders lead in Seattle, 2-1-1. The Red Bulls won at home last season, 4-1, with a first-minute goal and eventual hat trick from Bradley Wright-Phillips. This is the only meeting of this regular season.NOTES: Seattle has shut out its last three opponents, the longest run in MLS this season. … Seattle is 2-1-1 over its last four games, while New York is 1-2-1. … The Sounders are 4-1-1 at home, the Red Bulls 1-1-3 away. … Wright-Phillips leads New York with five goals and is among three Red Bulls with three assists. He also leads his team in shots and shots on target. Clint Dempsey leads Seattle with seven goals and five assists, although he has recorded neither over the last two games. Sounders’ goalkeeper Stefan Frei went into the weekend leading MLS in goals-against average, saves, wins and saves percentage. … Seattle midfielder Gonzalo Pineda is doubtful with an ankle injury. Forward Obafemi Martins is expected to play despite suffering a broken nose Wednesday against Colorado. … New York’s Matt Miazga is away with the U-20 national team. … New York’s Damian Perrinelle and Sacha Kljestan are one yellow card away from a one-game suspension for accumulation. … The referee is Jose Carlos Rivero. … The Sounders suggest fans arrive early due to a combination of traffic and transit issues in the area, as well as a 1:10 p.m. Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field.QUOTE: “Sacha Kljestan obviously is a good pickup for them, changed their system a little bit about how they play. Felipe (Martins) is another good pickup for them. Two-thirds of their central midfield is new to them, but those guys are quality players, and that’s really helped their team – along with the (returning) guys like Bradley Wright-Phillips and (Lloyd) Sam.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on the 2015 Red Bulls
NEXT: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, at Sporting Kansas City.