The Sounders wrapped up training Friday morning for their Saturday afternoon game against the Chicago Fire.
"Obviously I think they've made a couple of good changes in their team," coach Sigi Schmid said. "The two Uruguayan forward up front play with a lot of energy and pace. They've played together before, so they have a good understanding of each other, so they play as a pair, which is important. (Marco) Pappa is a quality player. He's been in this league for a while now and he's stepping into that next realm, so of what Zakuani is for us he's stepping up for them also. I'm not quite sure who they're going to play in the back. ... I know they've got some injuries there, so we're not quite sure if they're going to come in a 3-5-2 or a 4-4-2, but we're prepared for both."
CHICAGO FIRE (1-0-1; 4 points)AT SOUNDERS FC (0-2-2; 2)1 p.m. Saturday, Qwest Field.TV: KING. RADIO: 97.3 FM (99.3 FM in Spanish).HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads, 2-0-2. The draws came in 2009, while the Sounders swept last season. The Sounders visit Chicago on June 4.TEAM LEADERS: For Chicago – G 2, Diego Chaves; A 1, three players tied; S 8, Marco Pappa; SOG 8, Pappa; GAA 1.50, Sean Johnson. For Seattle – G 1, three players tied; A 1, four players tied; S 14, Fredy Montero; SOG, 10 Montero; GAA 1.25, Kasey Keller. NOTES: Montero is doubtful due to a wrist injury. … The Fire was off last week after taking a 3-2 win over Kansas City on March 26. …Three of Chicago’s four goals have come from their new pair of Uruguayan forwards: Gaston Puerari and Chaves. … In both games this season Puerari has suffered a foul for which the opponent has been sent off. … Chicago sometimes morphs from a 4-4-2 formation into a 3-5-2. … The Sounders are averaging 16 shots per game. Their three goals this season have come over their last 100 minutes of play. … Sounders forward Nate Jaqua made 92 appearances with the Fire from 2003-06. …The referee is Hilario Grajeda. … Steve Zakuani, Brad Evans and Leo Gonzalez will appear at Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Landing in Renton from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday. ... This game will be played on the 35th anniversary of the Sounders game against the New York Cosmos, which opened the Kingdome.QUOTABLE: “It’s really a team that has changed like eight of their 11 starting positions. So far they have gotten off to a good start. … Everybody that has played them so far has taken a red card. We are going to try and avoid that fate. We are looking forward for ourselves to get that first win.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on the Fire.NEXT: 1 p.m. April 16 at Philadelphia Union.