It also has the wild card of the smallest pitch and oddest environment in MLS: CommunityAmerica Ballpark (which I wrote about in today's paper). However, the Sounders found a way to win here last season.
One other factor could be Kansas City weather, as it's supposed to reach 85 on Saturday. (Which is down from today.)
Here's a quick preview:
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (12-9-6; 42 pts.)AT KANSAS CITY WIZARDS (9-11-6; 33 pts.)5:30 p.m. Saturday, CommunityAmerica Ballpark; Kansas City, Kan.TV: KONG 6/16.RADIO: 97.3 FM (1210 AM in Spanish).HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 2-1. The clubs split last season, with each team winning on the road. This season, the Sounders beat the Wizards, 2-1, on April 17 at Qwest Field.TEAM LEADERS: For Seattle – G 10, Fredy Montero; A 9, Montero; S 86, Montero; SOG, 34, Montero; GAA 1.13, Kasey Keller. For KC – G 10, Kei Kamara; A 7, Ryan Smith; S 75, Kamara; SOG 31, Kamara; GAA 1.19; Jimmy Nielsen. SIGI SCHMID SCOUTING REPORT: “We know what’s at stake this weekend. Our team is prepared for that. It’s a desperate situation for Kansas City because they need the points. We know that with a win or a tie we secure a playoff spot. I think our team will be prepared. It might take us a few minutes to get into the game, but we will be ready.”NOTES: If the Sounders win or draw they will clinch a spot in the playoffs. … The Wizards are 6-4-3 at home, Seattle is 5-5-3 away. … Seattle is 8-1-3 over its last 12 league games, K.C. has lost two straight. The Sounders are 4-0-1 all-time in October. … Sanna Nyassi, who scored his first MLS goal last weekend and then scored twice in the U.S. Open Cup final Tuesday, is with the team. He had been scheduled to join that Gambian national team but had problems getting a visa for Belgium, where there was a pre-match training camp. … Reserve goalkeeper Terry Boss also is available after duty with the Puerto Rican national team. … Mike Fucito, who scored the game-winner in the first meeting against the Wizards, is listed a probable due to an ankle sprain. … Sounders defender Tyson Wahl played 34 games with the Wizards before going to Seattle in the expansion draft. … Kamara is fourth in MLS in game-winning goals and fifth in shots. … If Tyrone Marshall or James Riley are cautioned they will have to sit out the next game due to yellow-card accumulation. … The referee is Kevin Stott.