This projects as one of those games where anything less than three points will feel like a disappointment for the Sounders.
Here's the game preview from the TNT. And below a few basics:
CHIVAS USA (7-11-7; 28 POINTS)AT SOUNDERS FC (12-6-8; 44 POINTS)1 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.CLUB LEADERS: For Chivas: G 4, Juan Pablo Angel; A 3, Juan Agudelo and Ryan Smith; S 42, Miller Bolanos; SOG 14, Angel; GAA 1.56, Dan Kennedy.For Seattle: G 11, Eddie Johnson and Fredy Montero; A 13, Mauro Rosales; S 95, Montero; SOG 35, Montero; GAA 0.72, Michael Gspurning.HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads, 3-2-4. In the two games this season at Chivas, the clubs played to a 1-1 draw on May 26, and the Sounders rolled 6-2 on Aug. 25. Agudelo scored in both matches for Chivas; while Montero had a hat trick in the August meeting.NOTES: A win would send Seattle past Real Salt Lake into second place in the Western Conference standings. Chivas is nine points out of the fifth and final Western playoff spot. … Chivas is last in MLS in goals scored (20), goals average (0.80) and goal differential (minus-19). … The Goats have given up 13 goals over their past three games. … Seattle is 4-1-1 over its last six league matches; Chivas is 1-3-2. … The Sounders are 8-3-1 at home; Chivas is 4-3-5 on the road. … Due to national team duty, Seattle is without Adam Johansson (Sweden) and Mario Martinez (Honduras), while Chivas is without Ante Jazic (Canada) and Oswaldo Minda (Ecuador). … Seattle midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (head) is probable. Rosales (quad) is questionable. … Former Sounders defender James Riley has played every minute of this season for Chivas. Another former Sounder, Pete Vagenas, is doubtful due to a hamstring injury. … Johnson and Montero are one caution away from yellow-card suspension. … The referee is Kevin Stott.QUOTABLE: “They are a team that’s dangerous because they know now that points are at a premium for them. They’re a team that knows they’ve got to win. They’ve got to score goals; they’re going to throw people forward.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on Chivas.NEXT: The Sounders visit the Portland Timbers at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 15.