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Early looks at Sporting KC at Sounders, 7 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City visits Sounders FC tonight.

Here's the TNT preview story, dealing with SCK's season-opening 10-game road trip, of which this is game eight.

Here's a preview from the Kansas City Star, dealing with the problem of playing on the FieldTurf at Qwest.

Here are some pregame comments from ...

SIGI SCHMID"They are a team that plays a 4-3-3. I didn’t think it was necessarily a 4-1 loss to L.A. when they played them in the last game: (David) Beckham scores a great free kick. They get a penalty call, which was a little bit of a silly foul. So they take a penalty kick goal, a free kick, they fall asleep right at the beginning of the second half and take another goal but outside of that it wasn’t like they were being bombarded constantly. They are a good team. They’ve got some good size. They got good speed up front. They got some new players in the back so they are still trying to solidify their defense. They are on the road again and that’s something we need to take advantage of.”

and from KASEY KELLER"We’re close. I think we’re really close to doing something really well. It’s obviously been a little bit disjointed where we’re dropping guys a little bit too much now, which means somebody else comes in and we’ve got to learn how they play, so that’s a little bit disappointing. But I think considering the circumstances, considering what could be, it’s OK. I think we’re in good position now, get some guys fit, get some guys moving in the right direction. We haven’t put ourselves in a hole. Sometimes when you get in these little runs, you just don’t want to have to win four or five games to get yourself out of it. So at least we’re in a good spot now to go on a good run and get ourselves where we want to be."

And this overview:

SPORTING KANSAS CITY (1-5-1, 4 PTS.)AT SOUNDERS FC (3-3-5, 14 PTS.)7 p.m., Qwest Field.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM (99.3 FM in Spanish).HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 3-1, with all games decided by a single goal. The Sounders swept both meeting last season. Seattle visits Kansas City on Aug. 6.TEAM LEADERS: For Kansas City – G3, Teal Bunbury/Kei Kamara; A 2, Kamara/Milos Stojcev; S 22, Kamara; SOG 7, Bunbury; GAA 2.17, Jimmy Neilsen . For Seattle – G 4, Brad Evans; A 3, Fredy Montero/Mauro Rosales; S 35, Montero; SOG 16, Montero; GAA 1, Kasey Keller. NOTES: Sporting has played nothing but road games so far while awaiting the June 9 opening of its new soccer-specific Livestrong Sporting Park. This is the second game of a three-game homestand for the Sounders. …SKC leads the league with a 1.57 goals average, but is last with a 2.43 goals-against average. … Sporting has lost four straight games, including 4-1 at Los Angeles last week, and hasn’t won since opening day. Seattle is 3-1-5 over its last nine. … In its history, Sounders FC has drawn eight of 13 matches played in May. … Montero has factored in Seattle goals over six straight games, either by scoring, assisting or drawing a penalty kick. …SKC designated player Omar Bravo (sports hernia) is listed as “probable” after five games out. Seattle midfielder Mauro Rosales (hamstring) is expected to return, Erik Friberg (ankle) seems likely, and Brad Evans (adductor) is listed as doubtful. … If Seattle defender Leo Gonzalez receives a caution he will suffer a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation. … The referee is Geoff Gamble.NEXT: FC Dallas, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Qwest Field.
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