Another big game ahead. Here's our preview story from today's News Tribune, and below, some basics below:
PORTLAND TIMBERS (4-5-9; 21)AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (11-4-2; 35 POINTS)7 p.m. Sunday, CenturyLink Field.TV: ESPN2. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 3-2-4 in MLS regular-season play and 2-0-2 at CenturyLink. So far this season, the teams played to a 4-4 draw in an MLS match in Portland, and Seattle took a 3-1 extra-time win in U.S. Open Cup play Wednesday in Tukwila. The Sounders will return to Portland for the final pairing of this MLS regular season Aug. 24. NOTES: The Sounders have the best record in Major League Soccer, while the Timbers are trying to climb back into playoff position in the Western Conference. ... This match also counts in the 2014 Cascadia Cup race. Vancouver leads the Northwest round-robin 2-0-1, followed by Seattle 0-1-2 and Portland 0-1-1. … The Timbers are winless in their last three matches (0-1-2) but have a five-game unbeaten streak on the road (3-0-2). … Seattle goals co-leaders Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins are expected to return after international duty and hamstring injury respectively. Dempsey recorded a hat trick in the match at Portland. Both have eight goals, and Martins also leads the club with six assists. … Seattle’s Kenny Cooper is a former Timber, while Portland’s Steve Zakuani and Andrew Weber are former Sounders. … Portland is led by Maximiliano Urruti and Gaston Fernandez (six goals each) and Diego Valeri (eight assists). … Portland’s Diego Chara is out due to yellow-card accumulation. … Seattle is 6-2-0 at home; the Timbers are 3-3-2 on the road.… All seating areas of the stadium will be used, and more than 60,000 tickets have been sold. Seattle’s single-game attendance record is 67,385, set last season against Portland. The Sounders are 8-0-1 when playing in the fully opened stadium. … The referee is Alan Kelly. … Sounders FC will hold a viewing party for the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany. The free event will be held at Occidental Park in downtown Seattle with gates opening an hour before the noon first kick.QUOTABLE: “It’s going to be a difficult game. They’re a tough team. Wednesday’s game probably is in everybody’s mind still. That was a tough game, as well, so I expect nothing different.” – Sounders coach Sigi SchmidNEXT: The Sounders will meet Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League in a friendly at 1 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Field. Seattle will return to MLS play July 28, when the Los Angeles Galaxy visits.