Here's our preview story from the Wednesday paper, dealing with the Sounders finally getting a chance to cash in one of those games in hand we've been hearing so much about. Before, some match basics:
CHIVAS USA (5-14-7; 22 POINTS)AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (12-8-4; 40 POINTS)7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 6-2-4 overall and 3-0-2 at home. The Sounders are unbeaten (6-0-4) over the last 10 meetings. NOTES: This match originally was scheduled for April 7, but it was postponed to accommodate the Sounders’ early season CONCACAF Champions League schedule. … Seattle will be without forwards Eddie Johnson and Clint Dempsey, who are away with the U.S. national team. The club hopes forward Obafemi Martins will return after missing three games with an ankle sprain. The Sounders also will be without midfielder Brad Evans due to a calf injury suffered at Columbus, and left back Leo Gonzalez, who received a red card against the Crew. … Seattle is on a club-record 10-game home unbeaten streak (7-0-3). Chivas is 1-8-4 on the road. … The Sounders have climbed to a season-high third place in the Western Conference and rank third in the league with an average of 1.67 points per game. … Chivas forward Erick Torres has scored two goals in back-to-back matches and has six in seven games since joining MLS. … The Goats are last in the league with an average of 1.81 goals allowed per game. They are second-to-last in shots, shots on goal, and goal differential. … Seattle defender Djimi Traore is one yellow card away from a one-game suspension for accumulation. … The assigned referee is Mark Geiger.QUOTABLE: “They’re more organized defensively; they’re more structured in their system of play. It’s pretty much a 4-4-2; sometimes he comes with a 4-4-1-1. But their organization has been improved, and I think also the consistency of their lineup has been improved. – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid, on Chivas USA.NEXT: The Sounders’ three-game homestand continues at 7 p.m. Saturday when the Chicago Fire visits CenturyLink Field.