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Early scouting report on the Columbus Crew

I'm about to head out to Sounders training, and might pick up a news item or two there.

Meanwhile, here's an early look at tomorrow's game against the Columbus Crew.

COLUMBUS CREW (2-2-6; 10 pts.)

AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (4-2-4; 16 pts.)

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Qwest Field.


Radio: 97.3 FM, and in Spanish on 1210 AM.

Head to head:
This is the first meeting. The Sounders will visit Columbus on Oct. 3.

Statistical leaders: For Columbus, G 6 Guillermo Barros Schelotto; A Emmanuel Ekpo; Sh 19 Schelotto/Ekpo; SOG 10 Eddie Gaven. For Seattle, G 4 Fredy Montero; A 4 Nate Jaqua; Sh 25 Montero; SOG 8 Steve Zakuani.

Notes: Columbus is the defending MLS Cup and Supporters Shield champion, a double won last season under Schmid. … Seattle has played four straight league draws, while Columbus has won two of its last three and hasn't lost since April 5. … Schelotto, who won the league MVP award last season, is tied for the league lead in goals. Seattle's Kasey Keller has moved back into the MLS goalkeeping lead, with a 0.60 goals-against average. … Both teams have scored 14 goals. However, Columbus has allowed 16, twice as many as Seattle. The Sounders (9) and Columbus (8) are 1-2 in MLS in first-half goals. … The Crew will be without midfielder Brian Carroll, who suffered a shoulder injury in Columbus' win over San Jose on Wednesday. … Seattle may welcome back midfielders Freddie Ljungberg (migraines) and Brad Evans (ankle). … Seattle is 3-1-1 at home, Columbus is 0-2-3 on the road. … The game is sold out.

Next: 7:30 p.m. June 6, at Chivas USA; Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.; KING 5.