After a two-week break, the Sounders return to action today at Chicago.
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SOUNDERS FC (3-1-1; 10 POINTS)AT CHICAGO FIRE (2-1-2; 8 POINTS)5:30 p.m., Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.CLUB LEADERS: For Seattle: G 4, David Estrada; A 2, Alvaro Fernandez; S 24, Fredy Montero; SOG 7 Estrada and Montero; GAA 0.40, Michael Gspurning. For Chicago: G 3, Donimic Oduro; A 2, Sebastian Grazzini; S 16, Oduro; SOG, 11 Oduro; GAA 1.73, Sean Johnson.HEAD TO HEAD: Sounders lead 3-0-3 overall, and 1-0-2 at Chicago. In league player last season Seattle beat the Fire 2-1 at home and drew 0-0 on the road. The Sounders also beat Chicago 2-0 at home in the U.S. Open Cup final. This is the only scheduled meeting of the season. NOTES: Seattle midfielder Mauro Rosales and defender Adam Johansson are expected to return after missing the last four games. Midfielder Alvaro Fernandez is expected to miss the game with a right quad strain. Patrick Ianni (back) is questionable. … Chicago is coming off a 3-2 win at Toronto last week. Seattle’s previous game was a 1-0 home win over Colorado on April 14. … Both teams average 1.20 goals per game. … Seattle enters the game with a 248-minute shutout streak, second longest in MLS. … The Fire returns all 11 starters from its 2011 team, which went 9-9-16. … Sounders coach Sigi Schmid was an assistant with the USA’s 1994 World Cup team, while Chicago coach Frank Klopas played on that team. … The referee is Michael Kennedy.QUOTABLE: “Maybe it gives you a little bit of a boost going into things. But … they’re a better team than they were last year for sure. They’re playing more confident. They’re scoring goals.” – Sounders midfielder Brad Evans on Seattle being unbeaten in six league games against the Fire.NEXT: Los Angeles Galaxy, 7 p.m. Wednesday, CenturyLink Field.