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SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (2-3-4; 10 POINTS)AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (7-3-1; 22 POINTS)7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: Channel 13. RADIO: 97.3 FM. Former Sounder announcer Arlo White will call the first half of the Seattle-Earthquakes match on the KIRO radio broadcast and the second half on the Channel 13 telecast. “Just thoroughly looking forward to it,” he said at Sounders’ training Friday. “… I just feel s strongly, so fondly about my time here.” HEAD TO HEAD: The Quakes lead 7-5-1 overall. The Sounders lead 4-3 in Seattle. The teams will meet again Aug. 2 in California, and Aug. 20 in Seattle. NOTES: International duty leaves Seattle without Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and DeAndre Yedlin, while San Jose will be without Clarence Goodson and Chris Wondolowski. San Jose also will miss Victor Bernardez and Shea Salinas due to disciplinary suspensions, and Alan Gordon and perhaps Steven Lenhart due to injury. … CenturyLink Field will be opened to full capacity for the first time this season. The club reports ticket sales have topped 47,000. … The Sounders are 4-2 at home. The Quakes are 0-2-1 on the road. … Seattle remains atop the MLS standings but is looking to bounce back from a franchise-worst 5-0 loss at New England on Sunday. San Jose picked up its second win over the season, 2-1, over Dallas last weekend. The Quakes are 2-1-1 over their last four. … Three former Sounders are on the San Jose roster: Cordell Cato, Mike Fucito and Bryan Meredith. … The referee is Jair Marrufo.QUOTABLE: “(Sam) Cronin is a good player. Khari Stephenson is an experienced MLS player who can do some things. Cordell Cato we know well because he was here with us. Who knows: Mike Fucito might get some minutes out there as well. They’re still a good team. They’re in the same situation as us: There are players on their roster now that are going to get chances, and those guys are going to be hungry.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on the depleted Quakes rosterNEXT: The Sounders visit Vancouver at 4 p.m. May 24.