A quick preview of this evening's Sounders game:
SOUNDERS FC (5-4-5, 20 PTS.)AT CHICAGO FIRE (1-4-6, 9 PTS.)5:30 p.m., Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.TV: KONG 6/16 and Root. RADIO: 97.3 FM (99.3 FM in Spanish).HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 3-0-2 and has won the last three meetings, including a 2-1 decision April 9 at Qwest Field. TEAM LEADERS: For Seattle – G 4, Brad Evans; A 4 Fredy Montero; S 40 Montero; SOG 17 Montero; GAA 0.93, Kasey Keller. For Chicago – G 4,Diego Chaves and Marco Pappa; A 2, four players; S 36, Pappa; SOG 14, Pappa; GAA 2.20, Sean Johnson. NOTES: This will be Chicago’s first game under Frank Klopas, who was named interim coach Monday in the wake of Carlos de los Cobos’ firing. Klopas played on the 1994 U.S. national team on which Keller was goalkeeper and Sounders coach Sigi Schmid was an assistant. ... The Fire is 1-1-3 at home, Seattle is 2-2-3 on the road. ... Chicago is winless over its last nine matches, including five draws in its last six. Seattle is 5-2-3 over its last 10. …Chaves has hit the post with shots a league-high three times. … Pappa will miss this game while playing with Guatemala in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Patrick Nyarko (concussion) is listed as doubtful. … Seattle midfielder Alvaro Fernandez (hamstring) is questionable. … …Sounders forward Nate Jaqua played with Chicago from 2003-06. Seattle’s Leo Gonzalez and Chicago’s Daniel Paladini and Gonzalo Segares are each a caution away from a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation. … The referee is Terry Vaughn.QUOTABLE: “Chaves has played quite well for them. He’s been dangerous, and I thought he was good in the last game as well up front. (Dominic) Oduro is someone who always poses problems just because of his speed. … (Cristian) Nazarit, the new player, looked like a young player who is a handful; definitely battled, and he has some good size and he was able to hold onto the ball as well for them. … (Gonzalo) Segares is still a good attacking left back.” – SchmidNEXT: Vancouver, 7:30 p.m. June 11, Qwest Field.