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Saturday comes: Sounders-Quakes at 7 PT

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SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (0-1-0; 0 POINTS) AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (1-0-0; 3 POINTS)7 p.m. Saturday, CenturyLink FieldTV: Channel 13. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: San Jose leads the regular-season series, 8-6-2. Seattle leads 5-3-1 at home. The teams went 1-1-1 last season. They meet again June 20 in Seattle and Sept. 12 at San Jose’s new Avaya Stadium. NOTES: San Jose goals leader Chris Wondolowski has seven career goals against the Sounders, the most by any opponent in regular-season play. He is scheduled to make his 200th MLS appearance Saturday. … San Jose has added two designated players over the past eight months: Argentine attacking midfielder Matias Perez Garcia and Swiss striker Innocent Emeghara. … San Jose will be without Mike Fucito (hip), Steven Lenhart (knee) Mark Sherrod (knee), and Jordan Stewart (calf). All-Star midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (groin) is out for Seattle. … There are four former Sounders on the Quakes’ roster: Cordell Cato, Sanna Nyassi, Bryan Meredith and Fucito. … The referee is Baldomero Toledo.QUOTE: “That was one of my best goals in my career. But still, it’s a new season now: different game. We’ll see how it goes.” – Seattle forward Obafemi Martins on the MLS goal-of-the-year chip he scored last season at home against the Quakes.

NEXT: The Sounders are off next week. Their next match is a friendly with Club Tijuana at 7 p.m. March 24 at CenturyLink Field. Seattle returns to league play at 5:30 p.m. March 28 at FC Dallas.