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Saturday comes: for Sounders, US national team

This day could be capped with a nice soccer doubleheader as the U.S. men's national team plays a suddenly extra-important home game against Honduras at 5 p.m., which should be over before the Sounders game at Chivas at 7:30.

Here's a look at the national team's match.

Here's a look at the Sounders-Chivas game from MLSnet.com.

And here's mySounders preview story, which makes the point that this will be the first time they have faced the same opponent more than once in league play.

The second will come next week when San Jose visits for the second time. And, of course, it will become common as the season progresses.

Today, coach Sigi Schmid said he things the return visit will benefit his team.

"They have a better idea of what they're going to come up against," he said. "Zakuani knows what (Chivas midfielder Mariano) Trujillo looks like now and how he plays a little bit. Freddie Ljungberg knows how (Paulo) Nagamura plays. He also knows what Trujillo looks like, what (Carey) Talley is like, etc. Those are all pluses. … When you play a team a second time they have an idea already of what some of the tendencies are. It's different when you just watch it on tape versus being on the field."

Schmid said his team even benefits from familiarity with the stadium -- in this case, Home Depot Center.

"I think when you've played some place before you just know, 'OK, that's where the locker room is, that's where the stadium is, this is how it feels, this is how the crowd feels," he said. "It just makes it easier to prepare the second time around."

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