Here's my preview from today's paper, looking at the Sounders' season ahead.
Below, the basics of tonight's game:
MONTREAL IMPACTAT SOUNDERS FC7:30 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: KING 5. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: The Impact won the only previous meeting last season, 4-1, at Montreal. This is the MLS club’s first visit to Seattle. NOTES: The Sounders are 3-1 in season openers – all at home – with an 8-2 goals advantage. … Montreal finished 12-16-6 last season, and 2-12-3 on the road. Seattle went 15-8-11. … Sounders’ midfielder Osvaldo Alonso and defender Marc Burch are unavailable due to disciplinary suspensions. … As of Friday afternoon, the club said “a very limited number” of tickets remained available. … Stadium gates will open at 6 p.m. and the club encourages fans to arrive early and remember that the both directions of SR 99 between Denny Way and South Spokane Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. … The assigned referee is Silviu Petrescu.QUOTABLE: “You always look forward to the first game, getting the season started and getting things behind you. We got through preseason, so the guys are happy that’s over and it starts for real. We’re excited to see our fans: We haven’t seen our fans in a while.” – Sounders coach Sigi SchmidNEXT: The Sounders visit Tigres in a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Monterrey, Mexico. Seattle’s next MLS match is March 16, when the Portland Timbers visit CenturyLink.