I'm about to head up to Tukwila for Sounders training and then down to Portland for the USA's Gold Cup opener. I should eventually have notes from each event. Until then, here are some notes from the Sounders:
Seattle Sounders FC continues its two-game road stretch on Saturday with the third and final meeting of the season against the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Saturday's match will be televised live on KING 5 with Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller on the call, and can also be heard on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. The match will also be broadcast live in Spanish on KOMO2 and on La Gran D 99.3 FM.
Following a midweek home win and a road loss last weekend, Sounders FC (7-6-3, 24 points) sits five points out of a playoff position and has played at least two fewer matches than every Western Conference opponent.
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Saturday's match marks the midway point of the 34-game season for Sounders FC. A win at San Jose would set a new club mark for most points through the opening half of a season.
The 2012 Supporters' Shield-winners, San Jose (5-9-6, 21 points) sits eighth in the West. Following a dramatic comeback victory against the LA Galaxy on June 29, the Earthquakes have dropped the past two results last week to Chicago and New England.
Sounders FC defeated San Jose in the previous meeting, 4-nil, matching the largest margin of victory in club history. The Earthquakes won the first meeting of the season at Buck Shaw Stadium, 1-0. Seattle can win the season series with a win or draw.
With Sounders FC on the road, CenturyLink Field will remain busy with a Gold Cup doubleheader on Thursday evening. Mexico and Canada headline the event at 8 p.m., preceded by Panama-Martinique at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets for the Gold Cup are available through Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster by phone (800-745-3000) and the CenturyLink Field Box Office. One ticket will be good for both matches.
Sounders FC will then return home for a three-match home stand, beginning July 20 against Colorado. Seattle will then host Chivas USA on July 28 and FC Dallas on August 3 on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.
Single-match tickets to Sounders FC home matches are available through SoundersFC.com, all Ticketmaster Outlets, the CenturyLink Field Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000.
Sounders at the Midway Mark Sounders FC will hit the midway mark of the 2013 season on Saturday at San Jose. Seattle has already matched the club record for most wins (7) in the opening half of season, and the team has averaged 1.50 points per match - the second-highest average in club history. Fifteen games into the 30-game seasons in 2009 and 2010, Seattle averaged 1.47 and 1.00 points per match, respectively. In 2011 - the team's highest point total - Sounders FC collected 1.47 points per match through the first 17 games of the expanded 34-game season. Last season, Seattle upped its average with 1.53 points per match, ending the campaign with the second-highest point total in club history. With a win at San Jose, Seattle would set a new mark for best record through the opening 17 matches.
Record through First-half of SeasonSeason Games Record Points (PPM)2009 15 5-3-7 22 (1.47)2010 15 4-8-3 15 (1.00)2011 17 6-4-7 25 (1.47)2012 17 7-5-5 26 (1.53)2013 16 7-6-3 24 (1.50)