The Sounders are back in town. They'll take Tuesday off from training. Then they'll return to work Wednesday, turning their attention to their match against Chivas USA at 1 p.m. Saturday and a reserve match on Sunday.
Here's a quick look ahead from the club:
Seattle Sounders FC returns to the Pacific Northwest after six days away for a rare one-game home week. Sounders FC hosts Chivas USA in the first September home match of the season on Saturday afternoon on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. PT.
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The match will be televised live on KONG 6/16 with Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller on the call, and can also be heard on 97.3 KIRO FM. Spanish broadcasts will be available on KOMO2 and La Gran D 99.3 FM.
Sounders FC (12-6-8, 44 points) concluded an arduous two-game road trip with a draw in Dallas on Sunday evening. MLS assist leader Mauro Rosales provided Seattle's lone goal but it was the return of Steve Zakuani that garnered most of the attention. The 24-year-old winger made his first start in 500 days and provided a highlight assist to help his team earn a valuable point on the road.
Keeper Michael Gspurning continued his strong play in his first MLS campaign with a season-high five saves to thwart a dangerous Dallas attack and preserve the draw.
Sounders FC is now in sole possession of third in the Western Conference with eight regular season games remaining. The Rave Green has lost just once in the past 10 league outings, and has scored multiple goals in six of its last eight games.
The club also remained atop its group in CONCACAF Champions League group play with another 3-1 victory over Caledonia AIA. Alex Caskey, Sammy Ochoa and Fredy Montero all recorded a goal and assist last Thursday in Trinidad as Seattle took control of group four with two games remaining.
Sounders FC returns to Seattle with hopes to continue its strong home form as the club has won its past three home MLS matches by a combined score of 8-1. And with five of the remaining eight contests at CenturyLink Field, the club will look to pile up the points to secure one of the top spots in the West.
Saturday's match against Chivas USA (7-11-7, 28 points) is the third and final meeting of the season, and second in just two weeks. The previous matchup featured some Rave Green fireworks as Seattle traveled to Los Angeles and struck for a record six goals in a four-goal victory on August 25.
MLS Reserve League action will resume on Sunday as Sounders FC hosts Chivas USA. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash.
There is no charge for admission at Sounders FC Reserves home matches. However donations will be accepted at the gate ($5 suggested) with proceeds directed toward the Sounders FC community partners. Parking is $5 or free with a Starfire membership.
Sounders FC will also host a free coaches clinic this Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CenturyLink Field. Visit SoundersFC.com for more information.
A highly anticipated Cascadia Cup match is on the horizon for Sounders FC on September 15 as NBC will broadcast the clash between Seattle and Portland at JELD-WEN Field.
Seattle will stay on the road to visit CD Marathon in Champions League play on September 19 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras before returning home for a meeting with the league-leading San Jose Earthquakes on September 22.
Tickets to home MLS matches are available through www.SoundersFC.com, all Ticketmaster Outlets, CenturyLink Field Box Office or by calling 877-MLS-GOAL.