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Saturday comes: Quakes at Sounders, 7:30 p.m.

The San Jose Earthquakes meet Sounders FC at 7:30 p.m. at Qwest Field. The game also will be shown live on KING 5.

Here's my game preview from today's paper, dealing mostly with the renewal of this historic rivalry. Here's Quakes coverage from the Mercury News of Silicon Valley. (And here's a link the the MLS site for scores and info on other games around the league.)

Here's the injury list:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC - OUT: FW Jarrod Smith (quadriceps strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Taylor Graham (left sesamoid fracture); MF Stephen King (L groin strain); MF Peter Vagenas (knee surgery); PROBABLE: DF Tyrone Marshall (R calf strain); MF Osvaldo Alonso (L quadriceps contusion) … SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES - OUT: DF Jason Hernandez (L calf strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Kelly Gray (L calf strain); MF Shea Salinas (R hip strain); DF Ryan Cochrane (L ankle sprain); MF Darren Huckerby (R quadriceps strain)

And below are some itmes for those actually attending the game in person:

TRAFFIC NOTE

Drivers traveling to Sounders games should avoid S. Royal Brougham Way between Occidental Avenue S. and Fourth Avenue S. unless they plan to park in the Qwest Event Center Garage. WSDOT and Kiewit Pacific Co. will use the following game day traffic plan on days with major events at Safeco Field or Qwest Field:

S. Royal Brougham Way will be closed to through traffic. Previously, the street was narrowed to one lane in each direction on event days. Drivers can get around the closure using Fourth Avenue S., Edgar Martinez Drive S. and First Avenue S.

Access to the Qwest Event Center Garage will be provided from two hours prior to an event until two hours after an event using one eastbound and one westbound lane.

Left turns from northbound Fourth Avenue S. to westbound S. Royal Brougham Way will be prohibited.

WSDOT and contractor Kiewit Pacific Co. revised the game day plan after observing vehicles crossing the tracks despite the presence of flaggers, and crossing arms and signals alerting them of oncoming trains. This plan will be in effect until further notice. Pedestrian access will not be affected by these changes.



On non-event days, S. Royal Brougham Way will be closed from just east of the Qwest garage to Fourth Avenue S. Garage access will be provided from the west via First Avenue S. and Occidental Avenue S.



The construction on S. Royal Brougham Way is part of the $84.35 million SR 519 Intermodal Access Project. For more information, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr519 or call 1-800-400-0761.

Fans and event goers can take these steps to arrive on time:

Allow extra time to get to the game.

Consider using the James Street and Forest Street I-5 exits to get to the stadiums.

Carpool or use transit. Try parking downtown and taking the bus to the stadiums.

Know before you go:

For freeways check the WSDOT traffic site at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle

For city streets – check the city of Seattle's new Traveler Information Web site – seattle.gov/travelers

FOOD DRIVE:

The Seattle Sounders FC, QFC, and Food Lifeline are encouraging fans to bring nonperishable food or cash donations to the Sounders FC match at Qwest Field this Saturday, April 25.

The donations will assist Food Lifeline, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington. Volunteers from Food Lifeline will be available at all gates to accept contributions.

For fans unable to attend the match, Food Lifeline collection bins are also located at area QFC stores.

Items that are most needed by Food Lifeline include the following:

General food items – canned fruits and vegetables, hot and cold cereals, tuna fish, canned meats, peanut butter, and soup.

Whole meals: chili, stews and hearty soups, pork & beans, raisins, macaroni & cheese.

Dried goods: rice, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereal, cooking spices.

Infant and baby foods: baby formula, canned milk, powdered milk, jars of baby food, infant cereal (diapers are also needed).

Pregame party

A pregame Brazil/soccer-themed club event with samba and salsa live bands, electro-bossa DJ, dance lesson, carnival dancers and food will be held from 3 p.m. until just before kickoffat Heaven Nightclub, 172 South Washington in Seattle (corner of S Washington/2nd Ave). You must be 21 or older to enter, and there is a $10 cover charge. Details: www.SAMBAySABOR.com.

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