The Sounders get back into action Sunday after a 17-day break for the World Cup.
Here's a look at the big game that welcomes them back:
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (4-6-3; 15 pts.)AT PHILADELPHIA UNION (2-7-1; 7 pts.)2 p.m. Sunday, PPL Park, Chester, Penn.TV: ESPN2.RADIO: 97.3 FM (1210 AM in Spanish).HEAD TO HEAD: The Sounders won the only previous meeting, 2-0, in the Union’s inaugural game March 25 at Qwest Field. Seattle scored on first-half goals by Brad Evans and Fredy Montero. TEAM LEADERS: For Seattle – G 5; Fredy Montero; A 4 Fredy Montero; S 34, Montero; SOG 13, Alejandro Montero. For Philadelphia -- G 5, Sebastien Le Toux; A 5, Moreno; S 26, Le Toux; SOG 15, Le Toux.SIGI SCHMID SCOUTING REPORT: “They’ve been in every game. I think they have settled more on a system of play at this stage. They’ve got Moreno and Le Toux, who have formed a partnership up front. So from that standpoint, they are evolving. They know what their back four is -- even though (Michael) Orozco won’t play against us because he got red carded. … They know some of the pieces to their puzzle at this stage, and it’s a little bit easier to prepare for them as a result.”NOTES: This game marks the dedication of PPL Park, the new 18,500-seat home of the Union. The game is sold out. … Philadelphia is 1-0-1 in two home games. Thirteen of the Union’s remaining 20 games will be at home. …The earlier meeting was a rough one, with Philadelphia’s Danny Califf picking up a yellow card in the game’s first minute for knocking down Montero; and before the half was through, Toni Stahl was sent off with his second yellow card. After the game Union manager Peter Nowak accused the Sounders of diving, and designated player Freddie Ljungberg of dishonesty, complaining and whining. … Philly has allowed a goal in the first 15 minutes in four of its last six games. … Sounders forward Nate Jaqua is expected to make his season debut in a reserve role. … Danny Mwanga of Oregon State, the top overall pick in this season’s SuperDraft, will start at midfield for the Union. Le Toux went from Seattle to Philly in the expansion draft. Seattle’s Jeff Parke grew up in nearby Downingtown, and Michael Seamon played at nearby Villanova. … Weather forecast in the area calls for a high of 94 and a temperature of 92 around gametime.NEXT: The Sounders open defense of their U.S. Open Cup title against the second-division Portland Timbers at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at PGE Park in Portland. Seattle returns to league play July 4 at Los Angeles.