SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (9-9-6; 33 pts.)AT COLUMBUS CREW (13-6-5; 44 pts.)4:30 p.m. Saturday, Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio.TV: KONG 6/16.RADIO: 97.3 FM (1210 AM in Spanish).HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 1-0-2, with the victory coming last season at Columbus. In the earlier meeting this season, the clubs played to a 1-1 draw May 1 at Qwest Field. They will meet again at Qwest on Oct. 5 in the U.S. Open Cup final.STATISTICAL LEADERS: For Seattle – G 10 Fredy Montero; A 9, Montero; S 74, Montero; SOG, 30, Montero; GAA 1.19, Kasey Keller. For Columbus – G 7, Guillermo Barros Schelotto; A 8 Schelotto; S 48, Schelotto; SOG 20, Schelotto; GAA 0.96, William Hesmer.SIGI SCHMID SCOUTING REPORT: “They have got some new players. (Andres) Mendoza has been at it; it think (Leandre) Griffit on the outside as well. But both those guys played a lot of minutes on Tuesday, so I would assume they’re going to be substitutes … but they’ll certainly be available to them off the bench. (Shaun) Francis at left back has gotten a lot of minutes now, so I’m sure he feels more comfortable playing out there as well. But then obviously they’re missing Robbie Rogers, and they’ve got a few other guys who are dinged up a little bit.”NOTES: Columbus is three points behind Los Angeles in the Supporters Shield race, while Seattle holds the eighth and final playoff position. The Crew has won the last two shields, and no club has ever won three straight. … In their last league matches, the Crew lost 3-1 at L.A., while Seattle and Salt Lake played to a scoreless draw at Qwest Field. .… Columbus is 9-2-1 at home, Seattle is 3-5-3 on the road. … With cautions either James Riley or Tyrone Marshall would receive one-game suspensions for yellow-card accumulation. … Schmid coached Columbus from 2006-08. … Hesmer has 10 shutouts, tied for second in MLS. … Both teams played Champions League matches Tuesday, Columbus beating Joe Public (Trinidad) 3-0 at home, and Seattle losing 2-0 at Saprissa (Costa Rica). … The referee is Jair Marrufo. … Seattle will play in blue jerseys for the second time this season, both against Columbus.NEXT: The Sounders return to CONCACAF Champions League play at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Monterrey (Mexico). Their next MLS match is 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at Chicago.
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