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.
The game is sold out, but will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel and FSE.