A quick look at what feels like an unusually important game for this early in the season.
HOUSTON DYNAMO (0-1-0)AT SOUNDERS FC (0-2-0) 7 p.m., Qwest Field.TV: Fox Soccer Channel. RADIO: 97.3 FM (99.3 FM in Spanish).HEAD TO HEAD: The clubs have split six league meetings, 2-2-2. The clubs also split two regular season meetings last season, each winning at home. This season’s return match is July 30 in Houston.TEAM LEADERS: For Houston – G 0; A0; S 3, Geoff Cameron/Lovel Palmer; SOG 1, three players tied; GAA 1, Tally Hall. For Seattle – G 0; A 0; S 7 Fredy Montero; SOG 6, Montero; GAA 1, Kasey Keller.NOTES: Each team is looking for its first standings point as well as its first goal. … In Seattle’s three previous instances of being held scoreless in consecutive games, the Sounders have ended the streak with multi-goal games, averaging 2.3 goals. … These teams are no longer conference rivals as the Dynamo was shifted to the East this season. … Montero leads MLS in shots and shots on goal. … Sounders forward Nate Jaqua, who came from Houston in the 2009 expansion draft, will be in uniform for the first time this season. … The Dynamo acquired striker Calen Carr from Chicago this week. Carr has nine goals in 82 MLS appearances. However, he will miss this game due to a concussion. … Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall is from Gig Harbor. … Houston’s Brian Ching (hamstring), formerly of Gonzaga and the USL Sounders, returned to full training this week. … The Dynamo will be without defender Jermaine Taylor, who is with the Jamaica national team. … The referee is Ramon Hernandez.QUOTABLE: “They’re going to challenge the midfield, they’re going to bang up front, and they’re going to bang in the back. … We’ll look to exploit them with our speed. We have some speed wingers and some very cleaver guys up front. At the same time, we know they’re very clinical on set pieces, so we want to limit their set pieces.” – Seattle defender James Riley, on Houston.NEXT: 7:30 p.m. April 2, at San Jose Earthquake, Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.