And though Sigi Schmid's Columbus connection makes for an interesting sidelight, the real importance seems to be that the Sounders are back home against a struggling team and they see this as a chance for three points and anything else will be a disappointment.
Especially because Chivas USA's late and controversial loss to Chicago on Thursday really created an opportunity for the Sounders. Seattle will kick off tonight eight points behind Chivas -- 24 points to 16 -- in the Western Conference standings. However, the Sounders now fully control their own destiny to shaving off six of those points with a win tonight and then a win in their head-to-head battle at Chivas a week from tonight.
Schmid acknowledged the opportunity this week. But, of course, it all starts with taking care of business tonight.
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The game is sold out, but will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel and FSE.