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Sounders start training for MLS reboot Saturday

logorevs-12The Sounders are back in town and return to training today, preparing for what they hope is their first MLS win and turnaround start Saturday when New England visits.

I should have news from training around noon. Until then, here are some basics from the club:

Sounders FC will then return to the Pacific Northwest to resume MLS play with a Saturday afternoon meeting against the New England Revolution. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. Saturday's match will be televised on KONG 6/16 with Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller on the call, and can also be heard on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. Spanish broadcasts are available on Univision and La Gran D 99.3 FM. ... the Sounders FC (0-3-1, 1 point) will look to take all three points for the first time this season against a New England (1-2-1, 4 points) side that has not won since its season opener. It will be the lone meeting between the two teams this season, with the all-time series level at 3-3-1. Following the regular-season contest, the Sounders FC reserve squad will travel to Los Angeles to play the Galaxy in a MLS Reserve League match on Monday, April 15. Seattle will continue MLS action on April 20 with a road trip to Colorado. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. PT from Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

... New England Series NotesSounders FC is unbeaten in the previous three meetings, including a late 2-2 draw at Gillette Stadium last year, and will look to take the advantage in the all-time series, which is level at 3-3-1. Seattle struggled against the Revs in the first two years of the series, dropping three out of four meetings from 2009-10. The two sides have had similar unsatisfactory starts to the 2013 campaign with the Revolution winning the season opener on the road followed by two losses and a draw since, tallying one goal but conceding just twice. Much like Seattle, the match will be the first in two weeks for the Revolution, who lost at FC Dallas in their last outing on March 30. Sounders FC most recently met New England in the 2013 FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, besting the Boston side 2-0 on goals from U.S. internationals Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson. Revs Notables The Revolution attack is led by Honduran forward Jerry Bengston. In his first full season with the Revs, Bengston has scored the team's lone goal in three outings. He score twice after joining the club midway through the 2012 season. A fixture on the Honduras National Team, Bengston recently scored the winner against the U.S. in a World Cup Qualifier in February. His strike partner, French forward Saer Sene, has not played a match this season due to knee injury. The Revs midfield features several creative players, including former U.S. international Lee Nguyen, Colombian Juan Toja, and Washington native Kelyn Rowe. Rookie Andrew Farrell - New England's first-ever No. 1 draft pick - has played every minute at right back. Veteran keeper Matt Reis and Bobby Shuttleworth have split time in goal with both players starting two games. SEA/NE ConnectionsRecently acquired midfielder Shalrie Joseph spent the first nine and a half years of his career with the Revs. He has played a big role in the Seattle-New England series, leading all players with three goals scored. Joseph has also taken the most shots (12) and shots on goal (seven) of any player in the seven regular-season meetings. Sigi Schmid coached New England goalkeeper Matt Reis (1994-97) at UCLA. The pair was also together with the L.A. Galaxy from 1998-2002. Midfielder Kelyn Rowe is from Federal Way, Wash. Rowe was selected third overall by the Revs in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Marc Burch played with Revs' midfielder Clyde Simms with D.C. United (2007-11). Servando Carrasco and AJ Soares played collegiately at Cal from 2007-10. Zach Scott and Stephen McCarthy were both born in Hawaii. Eriq Zavaleta (2011-12) and Revs midfielder Lee Nguyen (2004-05) and defender Kevin Alston (2006-08) attended Indiana. Djimi Traore and Saer Sene were both born in Paris.