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Saturday comes: Crew-Sounders at 4:30 PT

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COLUMBUS CREW SC (3-3-2; 11 POINTS) VS. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (5-2-1; 16 POINTS)4:30 p.m. Saturday, MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, OhioTV: Channel 13. RADIO: 97.3 FMHEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads the series, 5-2-3. However, the Crew won the 2014 meeting, 2-1, in Seattle. The Sounders are 3-0-1 in Columbus, and the visiting team has won the last three of the series. This is the only scheduled meeting this season.NOTES: The Sounders have won three straight games, and four of their past five. Columbus’ is coming off a 2-0 loss at D.C. United, however they had won their two previous games. … Seattle forward Obafemi Martins goes into this weekend as the MLS goals leaders with six. Teammate Clint Dempsey and Columbus’ Kei Kamara are one behind. Overall, Seattle has 13 goals, Columbus 12. … Goalkeepers Stefan Frei and Steve Clark have played every minute for the Sounders and Crew respectively. Frei has 26 saves and four shutouts. Clark has 23 saves and three shutouts. … The Crew ranks second in MLS in passing accuracy and second in possession. … Columbus is 3-1 at home, scoring 10 goals and conceding three. The Sounders are 2-1-1 on the road. … All first-team Sounders are available. … The referee is Edvin Jurisevic.QUOTE: “They have a really crafty player in (Federico) Higuain, we all know that. He likes to free roam and just do as he pleases. But he’s really good at what he does, so we have to keep an eye on him: make sure where he’s at at all times. Kamara I think is pretty strong in that air, so that’s another threat that they have. They’ve had a good season so far, and it’s not a fluke; so we have to make sure that we’re ready.” Frei on the Crew

NEXT: The Sounders end a run of three straight road games with a 4 p.m. May 16 match at the Vancouver Whitecaps.