I should have news from that training session around noon. Until then, here's part of a Crew preview from the club:
Coming off a dramatic Cascadia Cup road draw Sounders FC returns home for the first of two games this week. Seattle hosts the Columbus Crew on Wednesday at 7 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field, and then travels to Los Angeles to take on Chivas USA on Saturday night at The Home Depot Center.
Both matches will be televised live on KONG 6/16, and Wednesday's match will also be broadcast live out of market on ROOT Sports. Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller will call the action, and can also be heard on 97.3 KIRO FM.
The games can be heard in Spanish on La Gran D 99.3 FM, and Saturday's match will be shown live in Spanish on KOMO2.
Sounders FC (7-2-2, 23 points) opened the first of six Cascadia Cup fixtures with a late 2-2 draw on the road at Vancouver last Saturday. Seattle's stars produced as Fredy Montero curled his team-leading fourth goal inside the post in the 90th minute to pull Seattle level for the second time. The first equalizer came 90 seconds after the break as Eddie Johnson hammered Mauro Rosales' cross past the diving 'Caps keeper.
Both Montero and Johnson recorded a goal and assist, and Montero now has four goals and two assists in his past five outings. Montero continued his dominate Cascadia Cup play as he has scored five goals with two assists in just five rivalry matches.
Sounders FC improved to 2-0-2 on the road this season, and hold the league's longest road unbeaten streak at nine games (7-0-2), dating back to July 30, 2011. With seven of the next 10 away from home Sounders FC hopes to continue its road success through the summer months.
The Rave Green will play two games this week for the third time this month, capping off the busiest stretch in club history in which the team will play nine games in 32 days (April 28 to May 29).
The action starts with a midweek matchup against the Columbus Crew (3-4-3, 12 points). The Crew sit seventh in the East but are unbeaten over the past three matches (1-0-2), conceding a late road draw in San Jose on Saturday.
Seattle has had great success against Columbus over the past three seasons, going unbeaten (3-0-3) in the six MLS meetings, and defeating the Ohio side in the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final. Seattle has scored in all six meetings, winning 6-2 in front of the home crowd in the last matchup.
Three days later, Sounders FC visits southern California to face the new-look Chivas USA (4-6-1, 13 points) that added U.S. international Juan Agudelo as well as defender Danny Califf in a trade last week. Agudelo was recently called up to join the national team for friendlies ahead of World Cup qualifying this summer.
Chivas USA earned a 1-nil victory over rivals L.A. Galaxy in the Superclàsico last Saturday. The Goats have rebounded from a three-game losing skid with a draw and win in the past week, and will look to continue the run in their match at New York on Wednesday.
Sounders FC will wrap up the month with a U.S. Open Cup contest next week. (Details to come after the Atlanta Silverbacks and Georgia Revolution meet tonight in Georgia.)
The third-round fixture will kick off Seattle's run to an unprecedented fourth-straight Cup title - a feat never accomplished in the tournament's 99-year history. In 2011, Seattle became the first club in 42 years to win the Open Cup three consecutive years.
Tickets to home MLS matches are available through www.SoundersFC.com, all Ticketmaster Outlets, CenturyLink Field Box Office or by calling 877-MLS-GOAL.
Memories AboundThe series with the Columbus Crew has provided the Sounders FC faithful with several great memories, perhaps most notably the 2-1 Open Cup final win in 2010. Unbeaten (3-0-3) against the Crew in league play, Seattle has scored in all six meetings. The goals have come early and often for Sounders FC, scoring three of the fastest goals in club history (fourth minute) as well as two of the club's three hat tricks (Blaise Nkufo - 9/18/2010 and Lamar Neagle - 8/27/2011). Two of Seattle's largest margins of victory (four goals) have come against the Ohio side, including the 6-2 result in Columbus' last visit to Seattle, which saw a club record four first-half goals. Sounders FC has scored 10 of its 14 goals in the series in the first 45 minutes.