It is not an easy trip, coach Sigi Schmid noted yesterday:
"Going on the road by itself is the normalcy of our existence: We have to do that all the time," he said. "But this one’s going to be a little bit different just because of the snow in Montreal. ... Montreal’s tougher because we can go direct from here to Toronto: We can’t get to Montreal direct, so there’s always a connection in there, so that makes it always an awkward thing connecting and customs and everything, it makes it a long, long travel day."
Here are some notes from the club on the week ahead:
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Seattle Sounders FC hits the road for the first away game of the 2014 campaign on Saturday afternoon against the Montreal Impact. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. PT at Olympic Stadium.
Saturday's match will be televised locally on Q13 FOX and regionally on ROOT Sports with Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller on the call, and can also be heard on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. The match can be heard in Spanish on ESPN Deportes Seattle with Rene Aleman and Noe Menendez calling the action. Sounders FC (1-1-0, 3 points) dropped its first match of the season last Saturday with a 2-1 home loss to Toronto FC. Clint Dempsey scored his first goal of the campaign, and has recorded points in the first two games of the season after serving the game-winning assist against Sporting Kansas City on Opening Day.
Saturday's match at Montreal marks the first road contest of the season for Seattle, and the team will play four of the next five games away from CenturyLink Field, logging an estimated 10,000 air miles over the next four weeks. Saturday's match will be the club's first-ever visit to Olympic Stadium.
The Montreal Impact (0-2-0, 0 points) are searching for the first win of the season after falling on the road in Texas the opening two weeks. Montreal will be without the services of leading scorer Marco Di Vaio, who is serving the final match of a three-game suspension.
The matchup will be the third all-time meeting between the two sides in MLS play as Seattle will look to earn its first-ever points against the Impact.
Sounders FC will return to Seattle for a match against the Columbus Crew on March 29. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. The team will then play three straight road matches, beginning with the first Cascadia Cup clash of the season on April 5 against the Portland Timbers.
Tickets for Sounders FC home matches are available now at www.SoundersFC.com and 1-877-MLS-GOAL. The 6-Match ticket package is also available now with expanded seating to include the upper bowl at CenturyLink Field.
Flurry of Road GamesSaturday's match at Montreal marks the first road contest in a flurry of games away from CenturyLink Field as Seattle will play four of the next five games away from home. Seattle has played four of five games on the road on four occasions in club history, going 9-6-5 with a plus-two goal differential (27/25). Sounders FC has also had stretches of seven of nine games on the road (May 26 to July 28, 2012) and five of six games on the road (March 23 to May 8, 2013). Seattle will have a lengthy road stretch later in the season when it plays four-straight games on the road from June 7 to July 5.
10,000 Miles and CountingWith the upcoming stretch of road games, Sounders FC players and coaches will begin racking up the air miles. The trip to Montreal will be one of the longest of the season at 4,614 miles round trip, though Seattle will have longer trips later this season to Foxborough, Mass. (4,990), Washington, D.C. (4,708), and Harrison, NJ (4,844). Over the next four weeks, Sounders FC will travel an estimated 10,132 air miles.
All-Time Road OpenersThe first road match of the 2014 campaign comes earlier in the season than four of the previous five road openers, and it will be the fourth time that Seattle's first road opponent is an Eastern Conference team. Overall, Seattle is 1-2-2 in the first away game of the season, and is level in goal differential with four goals scored and four allowed. The lone win came in Seattle's first-ever road match at Toronto in 2009.