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Countdown to kickoff: Sounders at Philly, 1 p.m.

I'll create a new post later that we can keep open for in-game and postgame discussion. (You guys were great with the Timbers game Thursday.)

Here's our preview story from today's paper. Here's a good Philadelphia Inquirer preview story on the opposing goalkeepers. And here's a quick look ahead:

SOUNDERS FC (1-2-2; 5 points)AT PHILADELPHIA UNION (3-1-0; 9 pts.)1 p.m. Saturday, PPL Park; Chester, Penn.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM (99.3 FM in Spanish).HEAD TO HEAD: Split two meetings last season, each winning at home. The Union comes to Seattle on July 23.TEAM LEADERS: For Seattle – G 2, Steve Zakuani and O’Brian White; A 2, Rosales; S 14, White and Fredy Montero; SOG 9, Montero; GAA 1.20, Kasey Keller. For Philadelphia – G 1, three players; A 1 Sebastien Le Toux and Danny Mwanga; S 8, Le Toux; SOG 3, Carlos Ruiz; GAA 0.25, Faryd Mondragon.NOTES: All four of Philadelphia’s games have been decided 1-0. … After starting 0-2, Seattle is 1-0-2 over its last three games and is coming off of its first win of the season: 2-1 over Chicago last weekend. … Montero (wrist) was one of 19 players who traveled. However, it hasn’t been announced if he will be on the 18-man game-day roster. … Le Toux, a former Sounder, hasn’t scored yet this season. … Mondragon leads MLS in goals-against average and is tied for the lead with three shutouts. He has allowed one goal on 10 shots in 360 minutes over four games. ... Seattle defender Jeff Parke is from nearby Abington, Penn., and midfielder Michael Seamon played at Villanova University in Philadelphia’s northwest suburbs. ... Sounders defender Leo Gonzalez is two cautions away from yellow-card suspension. … The referee is Andrew Chapin.QUOTABLE: “They’re a hard-working physical team; but in all honesty, that’s the way it should be. … We were a little disappointed in the way we played there last year (3-1 loss) in some incredible conditions with the heat. So we won’t have that situation, and now we can go show what we’re truly made of.” -- Keller on the Union.NEXT: At Colorado, 6:30 p.m. Friday.
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