Pretty big game awaiting the Sounders today, as they can either build on the possible turnaround momentum from Colorado or stumble again with a date at Kansas City looming next.
Here are the basics:
SOUNDERS FC (1-3-2; 5 POINTS)AT PHILADELPHIA UNION (3-3-2; 11 POINTS)1 p.m., PPL Park, Chester, Pa.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: The series is even, 2-2-1. The Union leads 1-0-1 at home. The Sounders won the lone meeting last season, 1-0, in Seattle.NOTES: Union forward Jack McInerney, 20, was voted MLS player of the month for April. He is tied for the league lead with six goals and leads his team with 24 shots and 12 shots on goal. … Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning is third in MLS with a 0.83 goals-against average. … The Sounders hope to build off of their first win of the season at Colorado. The Union is coming off a 2-0 loss at New England. … Philadelphia is 1-1-1 at home. Seattle is 1-2 on the road. … The Union is second in MLS with 12 assists, fifth in fouls committed and sixth in shots on goal. The Sounders are last in scoring and second-to-last in shots. … Sounders listed as questionable due to health issues are Marc Burch, Patrick Ianni, Shalrie Joseph, Obafemi Martins and Steve Zakuani. … Former Sounders Sebastien Le Toux and Jeff Parke now play for the Union. … The assigned referee is Jorge Gonzalez.QUOTABLE: “Their backs are against the wall a little bit, so it’s going to be a different feel and a different team a little bit. But at the end of the day it’s another game, and we’re at home and we want to get three points.” – Union defender Parke, on facing his former team.NEXT: The Sounders will travel directly to Kansas City where they will meet Sporting KC at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.