October 02, 2009 12:16 PM
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (9-7-11; 38 pts.)AT COLUMBUS CREW (12-4-10; 46)4:30 p.m. Saturday, Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio.TV: KONG 6/16.Radio: 97.3 FM, 1210 AM (Spanish).Head-to-head: The clubs played to a 1-1 draw May 30 at Qwest Field.Team leaders: For Seattle – G 12, Fredy Montero; A 7, Nate Jaqua; S 75, Montero; SOG, 27 Montero. For Columbus – G 12, Guillermo Barros Schelotto; A 6, Emmanuel Ekpo; S 44, Schelotto; SOG 22, Schelotto.Coach Sigi Schmid scouting report: “They are a team that likes to get forward. … They are a team that likes to get their midfielders involved in the game.”Notes: Columbus is the defending MLS and Supporters Shield champions. … The Crew is this seasons MLS points leader and already has clinched a playoff berth. … Columbus has a 22-game home unbeaten streak (16-0-6), including five straight wins. … Seattle is 3-5-5 on the road. … This is a homecoming for Schmid, who coached the Crew from 2006-2008; Sounders assistant Ezra Hendrickson, who played his final three seasons in Columbus; midfielder Brad Evans, who played for the Crew from 2007-08; and rookie Steve Zakuani played his college ball 125 miles away at the University of Akron. … Seattle F/M Nate Jaqua and Columbus defender Frankie Hejduk are ineligible due to yellow-card accumulation. Osvaldo Alonso and Tyrone Marshall would be suspended for Seattle’s next game if they receive cards today. … Crew midfielder Eddie Gaven scored the game-winning goal in each of the Crew’s victories in September (two in MLS, one in CONCACAF Champions League). … Schelotto has three multi-goal matches this season. … The Sounders are unbeaten (1-0-1) in their blue jerseys, which they will wear today.Next: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17, at Kansas City; KONG 6/16.