Sounders return to MLS play today. Here is our preview story, and below are some basics:
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (10-3-2; 32 POINTS)AT D.C. UNITED (7-4-4; 25 POINTS)4 p.m., RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.TV: JOEtv. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 4-2-2 overall and 2-1-1 at D.C. The Sounders have held United scoreless for the past 308 minutes of the series.NOTES: The Sounders are at the top of the MLS standings, while D.C. leads the East and is second in the Supporters Shield race. … D.C. has the best home record in MLS: 5-1-3. Seattle is 4-1-2 on the road. The Sounders have allowed 16 road goals, second most in MLS. … Both teams are on unbeaten streaks: Seattle 3-0-1, United 2-0-1. … Both teams are without their goals and assists leaders. D.C.’s Fabian Espindola (seven goals, eight assists) will miss the match due to knee injury. Seattle’s Clint Dempsey (eight goals) is with the U.S. national team at the World Cup, while Obafemi Martins (eight goals and six assists) is serving red-card suspension. D.C. also is without midfielder Davy Arnaud due to card accumulation. Seattle defender DeAnde Yedlin is with the national team. … Eddie Johnson has one goal for United after scoring 21 over the previous two seasons in Seattle. Former Sounders defender Jeff Parke has 13 starts for D.C. but is out for this match with a foot injury. … Osvaldo Alonso and Gonzalo Pineda are each one caution from yellow-card suspension. … The referee is Silviu Petrescu.QUOTABLE: “D.C. in general is a completely different team than they were last year. … (They are) playing with a lot of confidence, and that’s a team that’s a dangerous team.” – Seattle defender Zach ScottNEXT: The Sounders visit the Vancouver Whitecaps at 7 p.m. July 5 at BC Place.