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Saturday comes: NY @ Sounders, 7:30

Here's our game preview from this morning's paper, dealing mostly with the Red Bulls' ambitions of becoming a flagship for MLS ... and Sounders' owner Joe Roth welcoming that.

Here's a preview from MLSsoccer.com.

Here also are a couple of leftover quotes from coach Sigi Schmid on New York:

“I know they’re 1-0. I know they beat Chicago. They’re a team that defensively there’s a lot more structure and cohesion in their game. Their roles have been defined pretty well for their players. I think that helped them in game one. They played a very organized, well managed game.”

“Lindpere has obviously been a good addition for them. He has a rocket of a shot, so we’ve got to be aware of that, not give him and open crack from thirty on in. He’s done it with his right foot. He’s done it with his left foot. He hits the ball well. Carl Robinson possibly being back in there, it’s an experienced midfield. So you’ve got two guys, European guys, that played a lot of years in Europe between the two of them. That gives them a good strength. The addition of Roy Miller at left back has solidified that position for them as well. Dane Richards seems to have a much better cohesion within the team. It’s a team that could be very dangerous.”

And a quick scouting report (and a reminder that this is only on Fox Soccer Channel):

NEW YORK RED BULLS (1-0-0; 3 pts.)AT SOUNDERS FC (1-0-0; 3)7:30 p.m., Qwest Field.TV: Fox Soccer Channel.Radio: 97.3 FM, and 1210 AM (Spanish).Head-to-head: Seattle leads, 1-0-1. Last season, the Sounders won 3-0 at home and played to a 1-1 draw in New Jersey. Fredy Montero scored three of Seattle’s four goals.Team leaders: For New York – Joel Lindpere, 1 G, 2 SOG; Dane Richards, 3 S; Bouna Coundoul 1-0, 0 GAA. For Seattle – Brad Evans and Fredy Montero, 1 G; three players tied with one assist; Montero 7 S and 2 SOG; Kasey Keller, 1-0, 0 GAA.Coach Sigi Schmid scouting report: “I think (coach) Hans Backe has done a good job with them. Defensively, they are much better organized than they were last year, for sure. They play a very structured 4-4-2. … This year, everybody knows how they are going to play week in and week out. They are much more focused on their team, so they are going to be a tough opponent.”Notes: Neither club has allowed a goal. The Sounders opened their season with a 2-0 win over Philadelphia; the Red Bulls with a 1-0 win over Chicago. … Seattle’s Freddie Ljungberg is listed as questionable and Montero as probable, each with lower back bruises. Defender James Riley is expected to return after missing the opener due to red-card suspension. … Due to road construction, fans are encouraged to avoid South Royal Brougham Way unless parking in the Qwest Events Center Garage. … The march to the match begins at 6:30 p.m. at Occidental Park. “Soccer Celebration” activities will be held inside the northwest gate starting at 6 p.m. … This will be Seattle’s 20th consecutive home MLS sellout. … Referee is Kevin Stott. Next: 6 p.m. April 10, at Real Salt Lake, Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah; KONG 6/16.
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