Here's an early look at what I think projects as one of the most fascinating -- can't wait to see that lineup -- and crucial -- last in the West!! -- Sounders games that I can recall.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (2-3-3; 9 pts.)AT NEW YORK RED BULLS (5-2-0; 15 pts.)4:30 p.m., Red Bulls Arena, Harrison, N.J.TV: KONG 6/16.Radio: 97.3 FM (1210 AM in Spanish).Head-to-head: The series is even: 1-1-1. Red Bulls won April 3 in Seattle, 1-0. Last season, the Sounders got their first win ever against the Red Bulls, then played to a 1-1 draw in the road match.Team leaders: For Seattle – G 3, Steve Zakuani; A 3 Fredy Montero; S 24 Montero; SOG 8, Montero. For NY – G 4, Juan Pablo Angel; A 2, Joel Lindpere; S 23, Angel; SOG 11, Angel.Coach Sigi Schmid scouting report: “We are behind in the season series with New York, so we need to win this game to even the season series. … We’ve always said if you win the majority of season series you will be in the playoffs at the end of the day. That is one of our near-term goals, and that’s something we have got to put into reality on Saturday.”Notes: Both teams are coming off 4-0 losses: Seattle to Los Angles and New York at San Jose. The Red Bulls played a man down for most of that match. Since then, New York has won a U.S. Open Cup play-in match, 3-0, over New England. … After the loss to L.A., Schmid implied there could be lineup changes. … New York is 4-0 in all competitions at Red Bulls Arena. The Sounders are 0-1-2 on the road. … Angel has scored 39 goals over his 79 career matches with New York, and he is tied for third in the league this season. … Three Red Bulls are out with injury – M Giorgi Chirgadze (hip), D Kevin Goldthwaite (adductor) and F Macoumba Kandji (foot), and M Luke Sassano is out after picking up a red card last week. The Sounders will be without F Nate Jaqua (abdomen) and M Michael Fucito; while M Osvaldo Alonso (quadriceps) is doubtful and F Pat Noonan and F Miguel Montano (groin) is questionable. … The referee will be Silviu Petrescu.Next: San Jose Earthquakes, noon May 22, Qwest Field.