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Saturday comes: Chivas-Sounders at 7:30

LogoChivasHere is The News Tribune's preview on the match, and below, some basics:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (4-4-3, 15 POINTS)AT CHIVAS USA (3-7-2, 11 POINTS)7:30 p.m. Saturday, Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads, 4-2-4 overall. The series is even 2-2-2 at Chivas. The Sounders are unbeaten (4-0-4) over the last eight meetings. Seattle won the 2012 series, 2-0-1. The teams will meet again July 28 and Sept. 4 in Seattle. NOTES: Chivas is last in the MLS Western Conference. After going 0-6-1 over last seven games, the club parted ways with coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola on Wednesday and will be led Saturday by interim coach Sacha van der Most, director of their youth academy. … Chivas is 18th in the 19-team league in goal differential (minus 11). Chivas leads MLS in yellow cards. … The Sounders are playing their third game in seven days. They lost the first two: a league match at Los Angeles on Sunday and an Open Cup match at Tampa Bay on Wednesday. … Seattle midfielder Shalrie Joseph is ineligible while starting a two-game suspension for “violent conduct” at the end of the Sounders’ league game Sunday at Los Angeles. Joseph made 12 starts for Chivas last season. … Juan Agudelo leads Chivas with two goals. Seattle goals leader, Eddie Johnson (four), is out due to U.S. national team duty, along with midfielder Brad Evans. … Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (hip) will be a game-time decision. Midfielder Steve Zakuani (abdomen) did not travel. … The referee is Ricardo Salazar. … Chivas USA is last in MLS attendance with an average of 8,059 per home game.QUOTABLE: “Everybody’s got a new chance, everybody’s got to re-prove themselves, everybody’s got to show again what they’re going to do, so there’s a huge motivational push for them.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on the affect of the Chivas coaching change.NEXT: The Sounders return home to meet the Vancouver Whitecaps at 1 p.m. June 8.
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