Sounders Insider

Saturday comes: DC at Sounders, 6 p.m.

Here's a quick look at this evening's match:

D.C. UNITED (8-7-10; 34 PTS.)AT SOUNDERS FC (13-6-9; 48 PTS.)6 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.CLUB LEADERS: For D.C. – G 11 Charlie Davies; A 5, Chris Pontius and Josh Wolff; S 53, Pontius; SOG 20, Pontius; GAA 1.24, Bill Hamid. For Seattle – G 7, Fredy Montero; A 10, Mauro Rosales; S 82, Montero; SOG 30, Montero; GAA 1.11, Kasey Keller. HEAD TO HEAD: In league matches, the series is even 2-2-1 with nine goals for each team. D.C. is 1-0-1 in Seattle. United won, 2-1, on its home pitch May 4. In the only non-league meeting, Seattle took a 2-1 win for the 2009 U.S. Open Cup. NOTES: D.C. is 3-1-2 over its last six games and has averaged 2.16 goals over that run. Seattle is 9-2-4 over its last 15, but is coming off a 2-1 home loss to Real Salt Lake. The Sounders have lost back-to-back home games only once in their history (2010). … Seattle is seven points behind Los Angeles in the Supporters Shield race. D.C. on Friday was passed by Portland for the league's 10th and final playoff position. … United leads the league with six three-goal games. … The visitors are 5-4-4 on the road and 3-0-1 on the West Coast. … Davies is the defending MLS player of the week after recording a hat trick last weekend at Chivas USA. Dwayne De Rosario is defending MLS player of the month. … Pontius (tibia) is out for the season. … Former Seattle midfielder Stephen King signed a new contract with D.C. last week. … United has received the fewest cautions and committed the second-fewest fouls in MLS. … Sounders Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Servando Carrasco are both out due to disciplinary suspension. Osvaldo Alonso, Eric Friberg, Tyson Wahl and Montero all are one yellow card from suspension. … The referee is Kevin Stott.QUOTABLE: “You’ve got to defend against the full width of the field, because they’ve got people who can come at you from wide positions. … One thing that we have to make sure is that the game doesn’t get stretched and we don’t give them a chance to show their counterattacking ability.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on D.C. United. NEXT: Seattle returns to CONCACAF Champions League at 7 p.m. Tuesday, meeting Herediano at CenturyLink Field. The Sounders’ next MLS match is 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at Vancouver.
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