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Saturday comes: Philly at Sounders, 7 p.m.

Here's our preview story from The News Tribune, and another from Philly.com.

Finally, a quick preview of tonight's game:

PHILADELPHIA UNION (10-7-14; 44 PTS.)AT SOUNDERS FC (16-6-9; 57 PTS.)7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.CLUB LEADERS: For Philadelphia – G 10, Sebastien Le Toux; A 8, Le Toux; S 77, Le Toux; SOG 28, Le Toux; GAA 1.06, Faryd Mondragon. For Seattle – G 11, Fredy Montero; A 12, Mauro Rosales; S 99 Montero; SOG 40, Montero; GAA 1.06, Kasey Keller.HEAD TO HEAD: The series is tied, 1-1-1. The Sounders won the only meeting in Seattle, 2-0. The clubs played to a 1-1 draw April 16 at Philadelphia. NOTES: A win or draw by the Sounders would assure them of no less than second place in the Western Conference. However, anything less than a win would eliminate them from the Supporters Shield race. Philadelphia is one point behind Kansas City for the Eastern Conference lead with one game in hand. … These teams have one loss over their past 10 games combined: Sounders, 4-1; Union, 2-0-3. … Seattle is 8-3-4 at home; Philly is 3-6-6 on the road. … Le Toux, who went from Seattle to Philadelphia in the expansion draft, has scored nine goals over the past nine games. He was named MLS player of the month for September. … Mondragon is questionable due to a fractured finger. He would be replaced by rookie Zac MacMath, who has a 1.23 GAA in seven appearances. … Montero is out due to yellow-card accumulation. Osvaldo Alonso and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado are one caution away from a similar one-game suspension. … The referee is Baldomero Toledo. … This game was originally scheduled for July 23, and was postponed to accommodate Philadelphia’s participation in the World Football Challenge. Tickets for that date will be honored today.QUOTABLE: “We know what he brings to the table. He’s hard-working, he’s honest. I think early in the season they played him a lot of midfield, where he’s not as happy as playing up front. And now he’s playing up front, so he’s been very dangerous for them.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on Le Toux.NEXT: The Sounders play their final MLS regular-season home game Oct. 15 against San Jose.

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