It seems recent attentions have shifted a bit to the U.S. Open Cup, but the fact is the Sounders have two MLS games before joining the third round of that tournament.
The first comes tonight, as the Columbus Crew visits CenturyLink for a 7 p.m. game that will be broadcast on KONG 6/16.
Below is part of the preview notes sent from Columbus:
On the heels of a 1-1 draw at San Jose on Saturday (May 19), in whichforward Justin Meram tallied his second goal in as many games and goalkeeperAndy Gruenebaum stopped a penalty kick among seven saves, the Crew opens atwo-game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle this Wednesday, May 23. The Black& Gold will then return home to face the Chicago Fire on Saturday, May 26,at Crew Stadium.
The Sounders (7-2-2, 23 pts.) are coming off a 2-2 draw at Vancouver on Saturday and will look to continue their positive form. They are led by Colombian striker Fredy Montero and third-year forward David Estrada, who have tallied four goals apiece. Head coach Sigi Schmid will also be able to call upon former U.S. National Team stalwart Eddie Johnson, who was acquired in February.
The Black & Gold (3-4-3, 12 pts.) will also have to contend with a stingy defense that has only given up a league-best six goals this season. Austrian goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, signed to replace retired veteran Kasey Keller, may not be available due to a hip strain suffered in a match against LA on May 2, and second-year keeper Bryan Meredith could again start in his place.
Wednesday’s match will be the lone regular-season meeting between the Crew and Sounders in 2012. Last season, the teams played to a 1-1 draw at Crew Stadium on May 7,with Emilio Renteria scoring the Crew goal from the penalty spot. The Black & Gold then dropped a 6-2 decision in Seattle on Aug. 27, a match featured Jeff Cunningham’s record-breaking 134th career MLS goal. The Sounders own a 3-0-3 record in the all-time series.