Another beautiful day has dawned in the Midwest, although quite breezy. The forecast for this afternoon also allows for a chance of rain.
Here's an early look:
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (10-9-6; 36 pts.)AT CHICAGO FIRE (6-9-8; 26 pts.)5 p.m. Saturday, Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.TV: KONG 6/16.RADIO: 97.3 FM (1210 AM in Spanish).HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads, 1-0-2. After two draws last season, Seattle won, 2-1, at Qwest Field on Aug. 28.TEAM LEADERS: For Seattle – G 10, Fredy Montero; A 9, Montero; S 80 Montero; SOG 31, Montero; GAA 1.14, Kasey Keller . For Chicago – G 7 Marco Pappa; A 7 Patrick Nyarko; S 44, Pappa; SOG 19, Pappa; GAA 1.33, Sean Johnson. NOTES: Seattle is 6-1-3 over its last 10 MLS games, while Chicago is on a six-game winless streak. This season, Chicago is 4-5-3 at home, while the Sounders are 4-5-3 on the road, with three of the wins coming over their last five away matches. … Four designated players could share the pitch today: Nery Castillo and Freddie Ljungberg for Chicago, and Blaise Nkufo and Alvaro Fernandez for Seattle. Ljungberg has two assists and no goals in his eight appearances with the Fire since being traded from Seattle. … Three-time U.S. World Cup participant Brian McBride is questionable due to an Achilles bruise. He has announced he will retire after the season. … Seattle defender James Riley is available after missing the last two league games with an ankle injury. … Chicago’s Wilman Conde is out due to disciplinary suspension. Seattle’s Tyrone Marshall and Riley are one caution away from a one-game suspension. … The referee is Jason Anno.NEXT: Sounders return to CONCACAF Champions League play at 7 p.m. Wednesday, when Marathon visits Qwest Field. Their next league game is Oct. 2, when Toronto visits.