The three-week break in the Sounders' MLS season finally comes to an end today ... with a fascinating game.
Seattle is in Montreal, where they will help open a new stadium and where they will revisit a handful of former teammates. (Here's The News Tribune's preview story, which focuses especially on Montreal's Lamar Neagle, the former Sounder from Federal Way.)
Below, a quick preview:
SOUNDERS FC (7-3-3, 24 POINTS)AT MONTREAL IMPACT (3-7-3; 12 POINTS)4:30 p.m., Stade Saputo, Montreal.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.CLUB LEADERS: For Seattle: G 5, David Estrada; A 3, Alex Caskey and Fredy Montero; S 65, Montero; SOG 23, Montero; GAA 0.92, Bryan Meredith. For Montreal: G 4, Bernardo Corradi; A 2, Felipe Martins and Lamar Neagle; S 28, Felipe Martins; SOG 16, Sanna Nyassi; GAA 1.57, Donovan Ricketts. HEAD TO HEAD: This is their first MLS meeting, and the only scheduled meeting this season. Seattle went 13-9-2 vs. Montreal when the clubs played in lower divisions from 1994-2008.NOTES: This is Montreal’s opening game in its renovated soccer-specific stadium: Stade Saputo. The Impact went 2-1-2 while using Olympic Stadium as a temporary home. … The Sounders have a 10-game road unbeaten streak (7-0-3), two short of the league record. … The Impact roster includes former Sounders Tyson Wahl, Miguel Montano, Neagle and Nyassi. The Sounders acquired Eddie Johnson from Montreal, although he did not play there. Seattle reserve keeper Andrew Weber played with the USL Impact 2006-08. … Montero is expected to become the first player to make 100 appearances as a Sounder. Montreal’s Davy Arnaud could make his 225th MLS start. … Montreal is 2-1-2 over its last five matches. Seattle is 0-2-2 over its last four. … This marks the end of a three-week break in MLS play for both clubs. … Sounders goal-leader Estrada is out with a broken foot. Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso will conclude his two-game disciplinary suspension. … Nyassi is one caution away from yellow-card suspension. … The referee is Mark Geiger.QUOTABLE: “(Seattle has) a lot of quality players on the field who are dangerous. They have a good blend of players who complement each other, who obviously like to play together. I think there are similar philosophies in the way that the two teams play.” – Montreal coach Jesse Marsch.NEXT: Sporting Kansas City, 7 p.m. Wednesday, CenturyLink Field.