This season, the usually solid D.C. is struggling near the bottom of MLS. But one of their wins came in Seattle.
“From our standpoint nothing much went wrong with them because they beat us," coach Sigi Schmid said today. "So I can’t really speak for D.C. I got to worry about our team. This is our sixth game in 18 days. It’s been a tough stretch for our team, playing that amount of games in a short period of time. We know we’ve got to dig and bring the physical effort.(Chris) Pontius had a very good game against us last time, coming off the left wing and scoring a couple of goals: a deflection, and one that Kasey (Keller) normally saves. He was very much involved in those goals. We have to keep an eye on him. With Simms being back at midfield for them that really helps solidify them in midfield, gives them that holding presence and somebody with experience. Jakovic is back now in the back, who is a Canadian national team player when he was younger that helps them in the back. They’ve played better soccer as the season has gone on. I think they made a lot of changes at the beginning of the year and that probably got them off to a slow start: coaching change and personnel changes.”
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SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (4-8-4, 16 pts.)AT D.C. UNITED (3-9-3; 12 pts.)5 p.m., RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.TV: ESPN2.RADIO: 97.3 FM (1210 AM in Spanish).HEAD TO HEAD: The series is tied 1-1-2. United won the previous meeting, 3-2, on June 10 in Seattle.TEAM LEADERS: For Seattle – G 6, Fredy Montero; A 6, Montero; S 42, Montero; SOG 15, Montero; GAA 1.48, Kasey Keller. For D.C. – G 2, four players tied; A 2; Rodney Wallace; S 27, Santino Quaranta; SOG 12, Quaranta; GAA, Troy Perkins, 1.82. NOTES: Swiss striker Blaise Nkufo trained with the Sounders on Wednesday and could make his MLS debut in a reserve role. Similarly, two new international signees will be eligible for United: Montenegro midfielder Branko Boskovic and Argentine forward Pablo Hernandez. … D.C. is last in MLS with a goal differential of minus-14 and is tied with Kansas City for fewest goals scored (11). … The Sounders are 0-3-1 over their last four league games, and have lost three straight on the road. United is 0-1-2 and has scored only one goal since its win in Seattle. … Neither club was represented in the MLS All-Star First XI announced this week. … Sounders midfielder Miguel Montano is ineligible after picking up a red card Sunday vs. Dallas. If either Leo Gonzalez or Tyrone Marshall receives a caution, they will become ineligible for the next league game. … The referee is Alex Prus. … A high temperature of 95 degrees is forecast for the Washington, D.C., area.NEXT: Friendly vs. Celtic FC at noon Sunday at Qwest Field. Seattle returns to MLS play July 25 when Colorado visits.