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Sounders looks ahead to Crew and Cup

The Sounders return to training this afternoon. I'll be back with any updates after that. Until then, here are some notes from the club, looking forward to the Saturday match with Eastern-leader Columbus and the Tuesday Open Cup match with Dallas:

Sounders FC looks to continue their summertime success in three competitions as they return stateside to face the East-leading Columbus Crew just days after earning a historic victory in Mexico.

Sounders FC became the second MLS club to win on Mexican soil on Tuesday night when they defeated reigning champions CF Monterrey, 1-0, in the second round of the CONCACAF Champions League.

The Rave Green snapped Monterrey's 13-match CCL unbeaten streak and now sit in first place of Group D with six points through the first two group stage contests.

Sounders FC will now shift their focus back to league play for a Saturday afternoon bout with the Crew. KONG 6/16 will show the match live from the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. PT.

Just three days later, Sounders FC will play their eighth and final match of the month, hosting FC Dallas in a sold-out Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal on August 30. Kickoff is 7 p.m. PT at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila, Wash.

With eight matches remaining in the regular season Seattle (12-5-9, 45 points) is standing strong, owning the second-best record in MLS. The team has taken points in 12 of the last 13 contests and is already closing on the final point totals of the past two seasons. The Rave Green are 6-2-4 and unbeaten in the last five at home in league.

Sounders FC took over second in the West by defeating FC Dallas away last week, 1-0, to remain undefeated in august and continue an impressive defensive run. The team then took the short flight from Dallas to Monterrey, where the temperatures were only cooler when compared to the triple-digit heat experienced in the Lone Star State.

Columbus (11-7-7, 40 points) has gone to the top of the East by winning four of the last five. While the Crew have managed two draws in the Emerald City they are winless in the league series.

Seattle has won a pair of encounters in the Ohio capital, and also defeated Columbus in the 2010 open Cup final at home. The Crew have scored only eight goals on the road, where they are 3-6-3.

To reach the final for the third year in a row the Rave Green must dispatch Dallas. That match will be streamed live on Arlo White will call that game as well as Saturday's on both KONG and 97.3 KIRO FM. La Gran D 99.3 FM will broadcast both the Columbus and FC Dallas games.

Following the cup semifinal Seattle will have an MLS bye before resuming play at home on September 10 versus Real Salt Lake. Tickets for Sounders FC home matches are available at to or by calling 800-745-3000.