It's opening day for the Sounders' fourth MLS season. We have good preview coverage in paper today, including capsules on all MLS teams and Sounders players.
Here's our main story, with four key questions for the Sounders season ahead.
And here's a quick preview of the first-kick game:
TORONTO FCAT SOUNDERS FC7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: KONG. RADIO: 97.3 FM. HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads, 4-1-1, including 2-0-1 at home. Due to the new unbalanced schedule, this is the only meeting this season. NOTES: This is the Major League Soccer opener for both teams. … On Wednesday, Seattle was eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals by Santos Laguna, while Toronto advanced to the semifinals by beating Los Angeles. … Eddie Johnson, who made his Sounders debut Wednesday, is doubtful due to a hip flexor. Coach Sigi Schmid said the starting lineup he used at Santos could be changed due to fatigue or performance issues. … Toronto’s Matt Stinson and Doneil Henry are unavailable due to duty with the Canada national team. … This is Toronto’s sixth MLS season. The Reds have never made the playoffs. … With the opening of the Hawks Nest north-end section, an opening-day-record crowd of over 38,000 is expected. … The new radio broadcast team of Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller will debut tonight. … The referee is Ricardo Salazar.QUOTABLE: “Going into L.A. and winning is great for their franchise and their club. I’m sure they’re feeling a lot more confident than they were last year at this time. They’re a dangerous team.” – Schmid on TFC.NEXT: 7 p.m. Friday, Houston Dynamo, CenturyLink Field, NBCSN.