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SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (9-7-2; 29 POINTS) VS. D.C. UNITED (10-5-5; 35 POINTS)8 p.m. Friday, CenturyLink Field.TV: JOEtv, UniMas. RADIO: 97.3 FMHEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 5-2-2 overall and 2-1-1 at home. The Sounders won last season at D.C., 1-0, on a goal by Chad Barrett. Seattle is unbeaten in the last four meetings and has kept a clean sheet in the last three. This is the only scheduled meeting this season.NOTES: D.C. leads the MLS points race and is unbeaten in its last three games. The Sounders have lost three straight games and fallen to second place in the Western Conference. Four straight MLS losses is the club record. … United leads MLS with a 0.85 goals-against average. … Seattle and D.C. are tied for second in MLS with plus-six goal differentials. … Seattle will be without Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and Marco Pappa due to international duty. Obafemi Martins (leg) also is out. Osvaldo Alonso could return after missing five games with a hamstring injury. Newly signed midfielder Erik Friberg is not yet eligible, pending international paperwork. … Dempsey and Martins are Seattle’s goals co-leaders with seven each, and Dempsey is the assists leader with six. Chris Rolfe leads D.C. with six goals, and Fabian Espindola with five assists. … The Sounders are 6-2-1 at home. D.C. is 3-4-2 away. … United is a charter member of MLS and has won four MLS Cups, four Supporters’ Shields and three Open Cups. … D.C. was eliminated from the 2015 Open Cup with a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday. … The match will be shown on JOEtv in Western Washington. League rules allow a local TV outlet to show games in markets where UniMas has low penetration. … There will be a “Stars, Stripes & Sounders” food and music celebration at the stadium when gates open at 5 p.m. … The referee is Silviu Petrescu.QUOTE: “To tell you the truth, I’ll take and own goal by D.C. and us winning 1-0 -- and them having 30 shots and us having zero. I don’t care how it happens, as long as we score, as long as we post a shutout, that’s all that matters to us.” – Seattle forward Chad Barrett on the team’s desire to stop its three-game losing streak.
NEXT: 5:30 p.m. July 11, at Chicago Fire.