Dynamic Duos Meet SaturdayTwo of the league's most dangerous attacking pairs will face off on Saturday as Seattle's Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins meet Chivas' Erick Torres and Mauro Rosales. Dempsey leads the league with six goals and Torres ranks second with five. Similarly, Martins has recorded a league-leading four assists while Rosales is tied second with three. Martins has assisted on three of Dempsey's six goals this season while Rosales has assisted on one of Torres' five tallies.
Seattle Goes for Sixth Straight Win over Chivas USASounders FC has won its past five games against Chivas USA, dating back to October 22, 2011. Seattle has outscored Chivas 17-6 in that span, including six multi-goal games. After dropping its first two contests against Chivas in 2009, Seattle has gone unbeaten in 11 (7-0-4) consecutive meetings. The two losses in the all-time series came on the road as Sounders FC is 3-2-2 at the StubHub Center. The seven all-time wins over Chivas marks the second-most in club history over one opponent (8 wins vs. Colorado). Seattle has also beat FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City seven times. Series Notes* Seattle has outscored Chivas 19-10, holding a 151-122 advantage in total shots.
* Sounders FC has scored 12 goals in seven road games, including one of the team's two club record six-goal games (6-2 win, August 25, 2012)
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* Chad Barrett leads all Sounders FC players with four career goals against Chivas. Kenny Cooper has scored three goals, and Brad Evans and Lamar Neagle have each scored twice.
* Erick Torres is the only active Chivas player to score in the series.
* Stefan Frei holds a 1.67 goals against average in six starts against Chivas. Dan Kennedy has posted a 2.13 GAA in the series.
About Chivas USAChivas USA sits seventh in the Western Conference with six points through six games, including a 1-1-1 record at home. The team is winless in its past five (0-2-3) outings after winning its first match of the season, a 3-2 home victory over Chicago. Chivas ranks 10th in MLS with nine goals and third with six assists. The team leads the league in fouls committed (102) and cautions (16), and has earned the second-most corner kicks (39).
SEA-CHV ConnectionsSounders FC traded Mauro Rosales to Chivas USA on December 11, 2013, in exchange for Tristan Bowen and the No. 2 Allocation Ranking. Rosales is the club's all-time co-leader with 34 career MLS assists and holds the club record with 17 game-winning assists across all competitions. Rosales led Sounders FC with eight assists and 33 appearances in 2013. Bowen played 30 matches over three seasons (2011-13) with Chivas, scoring two goals with four assists. Eriq Zavaleta, Seattle's top pick (10th overall) in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, was loaned to Chivas USA on February 28. Per intraleague loan rules, Zavaleta cannot play against Seattle this year.