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Sounders will seek first win Saturday at SJ

LogoSJAfter a pretty hectic start to the Sounders MLS and CCL competitions, the club faces only a single game this week: visiting San Jose on Saturday evening.

Here's a preview from the Sounders:

After advancing to the Champions League Semifinals and picking up its first point of the 2013 Major League Soccer season, Sounders FC travels to Northern California for the first road test of the campaign against the defending Supporters' Shield winners San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT from Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

The match will be televised on KING-5 with Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller calling the action, and can also be heard on KIRO Radio 97.3. Spanish broadcasts will be available on KOMO2 and La Gran D 99.3 FM. The game will also be shown live out of market on ROOT Sports. Sounders FC (0-1-1, 1 point) finished a challenging two-game week with a 1-1 draw against rivals Portland Timbers. Eddie Johnson scored Seattle's goal as Portland netted the stoppage time equalizer in the opening match of the 2013 Cascadia Cup.

Five days earlier, Sounders FC became the first MLS club to oust a Mexican team from the CONCACAF Champions League with a 3-1 home win over Tigres UANL, advancing to the club's first-ever semifinals, 3-2 on aggregate. Johnson scored the deciding goal after newcomers DeAndre Yedlin and Djimi Traore became the first two defenders to score in the same game for Sounders FC.

Seattle's newest Designated Player, Obafemi Martins, joined the team for Saturday's derby match and played the final 20 minutes. Martins' stay was short as he boarded a flight early Sunday morning to join the Nigerian National Team for a World Cup Qualifier against Kenya on Saturday.

Two other Sounders FC players, Eddie Johnson (United States) and Mario Martinez (Honduras), will also miss Saturday's match at San Jose for qualifying matches. Both national teams play Friday and next Tuesday.

The meeting with San Jose will be the 11th all-time regular-season match between Seattle and San Jose. Sounders FC trails the series 4-5-1 after dropping all three matches by one goal last season. The Earthquakes (1-1-1, 4 points) earned a late win against New York and salvaged a road point against Columbus on Saturday after dropping the first match of the season to Salt Lake. Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski has scored once as all three San Jose goals have been scored in the final 20 minutes.

Sounders FC will finish the opening month of the season with another road contest as the Rave Green visit Real Salt Lake on March 30. Seattle then opens the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal series at home against Mexico's Santos Laguna on April 2 with the away leg on April 9 in Torreon, Mexico.

Up Next: On the Road at San Jose Sounders FC heads to Northern California on Saturday evening for the first away contest of the regular season. The team's next two matches in league play are the shortest road trips of the season, first to San Jose followed by a visit to Real Salt Lake. Overall, five of the next seven league matches are away from home.

Sounders FC has had four consecutive seasons with at least a .500 road record, including last year's mark of 4-4-9. Since entering the league in 2009, Seattle has earned the second-most points (94) on the road, just eight points behind the LA Galaxy. The team finished third in road goal scoring last season with an average of 1.29 goals per game