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Quick look at Sounders at Columbus match

Here's a quick look ahead to the Sounders-at-Columbus match:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (3-3-3; 12 PTS.) AT COLUMBUS CREW (3-1-3; 12 PTS.)4:30 p.m. Saturday, Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM (99.3 FM in Spanish).HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 3-0-2, including a win in the U.S. Open Cup final last season. The Sounders are 2-0 at Crew Stadium, including a 4-0 win last season, the largest winning margin in franchise history. The Crew visits Qwest Field on Aug. 27.TEAM LEADERS: For Seattle – G 4, Brad Evans; A 3, Mauro Rosales; S 25, Fredy Montero; SOG 14; Montero; GAA 1, Kasey Keller. For Columbus – G 3, Emilio Renteria; A 2, Dilly Duka; S 15, Eddie Gavin; SOG 8, Gavin; GAA 0.71, Will Hesmer. NOTES: The Sounders will be without Mauro Rosales (hamstring), Steve Zakuani (leg) and O’Brian White (blood clot). Coach Sigi Schmid also said there could be “four or five” lineup changes to rest players still recovering from the 2-1 loss at D.C. United on Wednesday. … Columbus is 3-0-3 over its last six-games. Seattle’s six-game unbeaten streak ended at D.C. …The Crew is 3-0-1 at home. … Columbus has scored seven goals this season and allowed five. … …This ends a stretch where the Sounders played four of five games away from home. They are 2-1-1 so far, and 1-1-1 in the road games. After this, their next three matches will be at home. … Hesmer leads MLS with four shutouts. … Seattle is 6-5-2 all-time when playing in the Eastern Time Zone. … Schmid coached the Crew from 2006-08 and won MLS Cup there in his final season before moving to Seattle. Current Sounders Evans, Pat Noonan and assistant coach Ezra Henderickson all played on that championship team. … Seattle will wear its “Cascade shale” kits for the first time. …Saturday is the 24th birthday of forward Lamar Neagle of Federal Way. … The referee is Mark Kadlecik.QUOTABLE: “Columbus is a team that’s on an undefeated streak right now, so they’re a difficult team. They’re certainly not happy about what happened last year when we came here to play, and they’re going to want to make amends for that.” – SchmidNEXT: Portland Timbers, 8 p.m. May 14; Qwest Field; ESPN2.
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