Here's our preview story from the Saturday paper. Above are highlights from the Crew's last match. And below a few basics on tonight's match:
COLUMBUS CREW (2-0-0; 6 POINTS)AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (2-1-0; 6 POINTS)7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: Channel 13. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 5-1-3, including a 2-1 win in the 2010 U.S. Open Cup final and a 1-0 regular-season victory last season at Columbus. The regular-season series is tied 1-1-2 in Seattle. This is the only scheduled meeting this season. NOTES: Columbus is off to a 2-0 start for the first time in its 19 seasons. … Columbus midfielder Bernardo Anor is the reigning MLS player of the week after scoring two goals in the Crew’s 2-1 win over Philadelphia last weekend. … Columbus leads MLS in passing accuracy at 82.94 percent. … Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, assistant coach Ezra Hendrickson, midfielder Brad Evans and defender Chad Marshall all were part of the Crew’s 2008 MLS Cup championship team. … Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark (0.50 GAA) was acquired in an offseason trade with Seattle. Former Sounders defender Tyson Wahl is a Columbus reserve. … Sounders DP Clint Dempsey is out due to disciplinary suspension, and Evans is questionable with a calf injury. … The Sounders on Friday announced the signing of Kevin Parsemain, a 26-year-old forward from Martinique who has been training with the club since preseason. … Former NASL Sounders defender Mike England will be honored as part of the club’s 40-year anniversary celebration. … The American Red Cross will be at stadium gates taking donations for disaster relief. … The referee is Allen Chapman.QUOTABLE: “We want to establish ourselves at home. I thought we played fairly well the last time (in a 2-1 home loss to Toronto), but didn’t get the result we needed. We want to make sure we get the result this time.” -- SchmidNEXT: The Sounders begin a three-game road trip at Portland on April 5.