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Scouting Sounders-Wizards' Saturday match

An early scouting report for the Sounders match at Kansas City:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (10-7-11; 41 points)AT KANSAS CITY WIZARDS (8-12-8, 32)5:30 p.m. Saturday, CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas City, Kansas.TV: KONG 6/16.Radio: 97.3 FM, and 1210 AM (Spanish).Head-to-head: The Wizards handed the Sounders their first loss in franchise history, 1-0, on April 11 at Qwest Field. Seattle defeated K.C. 1-0 on July 7 in U.S. Open Cup play at Starfire Sports Stadium.Team leaders: For Seattle – G 12, Fredy Montero; A 7, Nate Jaqua; S 76, Montero; SOG 27, Montero. For Kansas City – G 10, Josh Wolff; A 7, Claudio Lopez; S 67, Wolff; SOG 31, Wolff. Coach Sigi Schmid scouting report: “(The Wizards) have to play to win. It’s not a point that they are looking to get. They are playing to win. That should allow the game to be a little more open, and they shouldn’t be bunkered in on the back in any way. That field is difficult. It is a small field. It’s going to be a bang-bang game.”Notes: There are several scenarios that could get the Sounders into the playoffs, but the most straightforward is a win Saturday, which would automatically clinch. Seattle would become the first expansion team to make the MLS playoffs since Chicago in 1998. … Meanwhile, anything but a win will eliminate the Wizards from playoff contention. However, it is possible other league results will eliminate Kansas City even before this game kicks off. … A Sounders win also would be Schmid’s 124th in the league, tying him with Bob Bradley for the MLS career record. … The Wizards are 4-5-4 at home. Seattle is 4-5-5 on the road. … K.C. keeper Kevin Hartman (1.32 gaa) has played every minute of every game this season. … Seattle defender James Riley (ankle) traveled and is apparently cleared to play. … Neither team has any players missing due to international duty or yellow-card suspension. However, if Seattle’s Osvaldo Alonso, Tyrone Marshall or Riley receives cautions vs. KCW, they would be ineligible for the regular-season finale next week.Next: FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24, Qwest Field; KONG 6/16.