Sounders FC needs a win Sunday against San Jose to keep up with the MLS-leading Houston Dynamo, who claimed a wild 4-3 win over D.C. United today.
Houston led 3-0 before D.C. made its charge. (And apparenly there was something odd going on in Texas today, as FC Dallas -- of all people -- mauled Kansas City, 6-0.)
Houston moved to 35 points on the season.
Here's an early look at the Sounders' game:
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (7-3-8, 29 pts.)
AT SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (3-10-5; 14)
Noon Sunday, Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
TV: KONG 6/16.
Radio: 97.3 FM (in Spanish on 1210 AM).
Head-to-head: The Sounder won 2-0 on April 25, and 2-1 on June 13; both at Qwest Field.
Team leaders: For Seattle – G 9 Fredy Montero; A 6 Montero/Nate Jaqua; S 55 Montero; SOG 21 Montero. For San Jose – G 7 Ryan Johnson; A 5, Chris Leitch; S 43 Johnson; SOG 29 Johnson.
Coach Sigi Schmid scouting report: "They are probably a lot more desperate than most teams are in the league right now. … That makes them very dangerous because they know that they have got to maximize their points at home right now or else they have got no chance."
Notes: With a win or a draw, Seattle will be awarded the inaugural Heritage Cup, to be given annually to the winner of head-to-head games between MLS teams playing under their historic NASL names. If San Jose wins by more than one goal, it would win the cup. If the Quakes win by one goal, that would create a tie settled by road goals. (Seattle's first home win does not figure in Heritage Cup totals.) … This is the start of three straight league games on the road for Seattle. …. Fredy Ljungberg is ineligible due to receiving a red card in his last league game against Chicago. Brad Evans and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado will be suspended for their next league game if they pick up a caution today. … San Jose lists leading-scorer Johnson as questionable with a shoulder sprain. … In its last outing, San Jose ended a two-game losing streak, coming from two goals down to draw at home against D.C. United. However, the Quakes have gone four games without a victory. The Sounders are on a six-game unbeaten streak. … Sounders players James Riley and Roger Levesque are former Quakes.
Next: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, friendly vs. FC Barcelona; Qwest Field; ESPN2. No tickets remain.