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Saturday comes: Sounders-SKC at 7 PT

SportingKCThe Sounders are back in town for the first time since April 26. Here is our preview story from The News Tribune, and another from the Kansas City Star. Below, some basics:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (6-3-1; 19 POINTS) VS. SPORTING KANSAS CITY (4-2-5; 17 POINTS)7 p.m. Saturday, CenturyLink Field.TV: JOEtv. RADIO: 97.3 FMHEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 7-1-1 in MLS play, and 3-1-1 at CenturyLink Field. The Sounders won the lone meeting last season, 1-0. No result has ever been decided by more than a goal. Five of Seattle’s wins have come on goals in second-half stoppage time. Sporting’s eight-game regular-season winless run against the Sounders is its longest vs. any club. The teams will meet again June 6 and Sept. 27 at Kansas City. NOTES: Seattle is 4-1 over its last five matches, while Kansas City is 2-0-3. Both teams are coming off wins: The Sounders 2-0 at Vancouver on Saturday, Sporting 4-2 over New England on Wednesday. … SKC has shifted to the Western Conference for the first time since 2005. … Both teams have scored 17 goals. Seattle has conceded nine, SKC 15. … Heading into weekend play, SKC led MLS with 9.9 shots per game conceded, while Seattle is last with 15.5 shots conceded. … Benny Feilhaber leads MLS with seven assists. Krisztian Nemeth leads SKC with five goals, coming on five shots on target. SKC also features U.S. national team defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi. Zusi is questionable with a concussion. … Sounders’ forward Clint Dempsey has recorded a goal or assist in 10 straight games. That is the fourth-longest streak in MLS history and longest since 1998. He is tied for the MLS lead with seven goals and is tied for second with five assists. … The SKC roster includes former Sounders Jalil Anibaba and Servando Carrasco. … Seattle designated player Obafemi Martins (leg) is out. All other first-team Sounders are expected to be available. … SKC defender Erik Palmer-Brown is away with the U-20 national team. … The referee is Jair Marrufo.QUOTE: “They played a little bit conservative in a few of their road games, so we’re going to have to see how they come out.” – Seattle defender Dylan Remick.

NEXT: Seattle’s three-game homestand continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday when the Colorado Rapids visit.