An early quick look ahead to Saturday's very big game...
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (8-6-10; 34 pts.)AT D.C. UNITED (8-5-12; 36)4:30 p.m., RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.TV: KONG 6/16.Radio: 97.3 FM; 1210 AM (Spanish).
Head-to-head: The clubs played to a 3-3 draw at Qwest Field on June 17. Seattle defeated D.C. in the U.S. Open Cup final Sept. 2 at RFK.
Team leaders: For Seattle – G 10 Fredy Montero; A 7 Nate Jaqua; S 66 Montero; SOG 23 Montero. For D.C. – G 9 Luciano Emilio; A 6 Santino Quaranta; S 49 Chris Pontius; SOG 27 Emilio.
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Coach Sigi Schmid scouting report: “They might flop back into four in the back, especially with (Dejan) Jakovic injured and (Marc) Burch now being injured as well. The assumption is that they will come with a 4-4-2, because the 3-5-2 obviously didn’t get them the result they were looking for (in the cup final).”
Notes: United is tied for fifth and Seattle is seventh in the race for the MLS’ eight playoff spots. … DCU is 6-0-5 at home in the regular season, Seattle is 2-4-5 on the road. … United is 2-0-2 over its last four league games; the Sounders are 1-3-3 over their last seven. … This is Seattle’s first league game since winning the U.S. Open Cup at D.C. on Sept. 2. United has played twice since then, going 1-0-1. … Sounders keeper Kasey Keller ranks third in MLS in goals-against average (0.90); D.C.’s Josh Wicks ranks 12th (1.41). Including national team duty, Keller is 5-0-2 at RFK Stadium. … Seattle midfielder Freddie Ljungberg is out (caution accumulation), midfielder Stephen King (hamstring) is questionable, and defender Tyrone Marshall (hamstring) is probable. … If Marshall gets a yellow card, he will miss the next game due to caution accumulation.
Next: Noon Sept. 19, vs. Chivas USA, Qwest Field.