SPORTING KANSAS CITY (5-2-6; 21 POINTS) VS. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (8-3-2; 26 POINTS)5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sporting Park; Kansas City, KansasTV: JOEtv. RADIO: 97.3 FMHEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 7-1-2 in MLS play and 4-0-0 at Kansas City. The teams played to a scoreless draw May 23 at CenturyLink Field. No result has been decided by more than one goal. Five of Seattle’s wins have come in second-half stoppage time. Sporting’s nine-game regular-season winless run against the Sounders is its longest versus any club. The teams will meet again Sept. 27 at Kansas City. NOTES: Seattle and Kansas City are rated 1-2 in the latest MLSsoccer.com power rankings. Sporting is unbeaten in its last six games, and the Sounders in their last four. … The teams also headed into the weekend ranked 1-2 in goal-scoring: 21 for Sporting, 20 for Seattle. The Sounders have allowed the fewest goals in MLS (10) and have the most shutouts (seven). Seattle is first in goal differential (plus 10), and Sporting is second (plus six) … SKC is 4-0-3 at home. Seattle is 3-2-1 away. Sporting has scored four goals in each of its past two homes games. … SKC goals leader Krisztain Nemeth (five) is away with the Hungary national team. Seattle will be without central defender Brad Evans due to U.S. national team duty and defensive midfielder Osvaldo Alonso due to disciplinary suspension. Clint Dempsey (birth in family), Obafemi Martins (nose), Chad Barrett (hamstring) and Gonzalo Pineda (ankle) are questionable. Dempsey, Martins and Barrett have accounted for 16 of Seattle’s 20 goals. … Brazilian midfielder Thomas, who signed with Sounders FC this week, is eligible and expected to be on the game-day roster. … Former Sounders Jalil Anibaba and Servando Carrasco now play for Kansas City. … This will be SKC’s 61st consecutive home sellout. … The referee is Ismail Elfath.QUOTE: “They’re good in the air. But the key to scoring on set pieces is service, and (Graham) Zusi was back in last week and was serving a lot of the balls; and Benny (Feilhaber has) served a lot of good balls for them this year. So, we really have to not give many away because their service is pretty good.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on SKC set pieces, which have produced seven goals.
NEXT: FC Dallas, 7 p.m. June 13, CenturyLink Field.