CHIVAS USA (4-11-5; 17 POINTS)AT SOUNDERS FC (7-7-4; 25 POINTS)8 p.m. Sunday, CenturyLink Field.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: The Sounders lead 5-2-4 overall and 2-0-2 in Seattle. Chivas hasn’t had a win in the series since 2009. The Sounders won June 1 meeting at Chivas, 2-0. The Rojiblancos will visit Seattle again Sept. 4. NOTES: The Sounders are eighth in the Western Conference, seven points out of the fifth and final playoff spot. Chivas USA ranks last in the West and 17th among the 19 teams of MLS. … Chivas is last in MLS with an average of 1.75 goals allowed, and third from the bottom in average goals scored (0.90). The Goats lead MLS in yellow cards and are second in fouls committed. … Chivas’ 1-0 win over Toronto on July 17 broke a 14-game winless streak. Defender Carlos Bocanegra and forward Erick Torres made their club debuts in that victory. … Seattle is 4-1-3 at home, Chivas is 1-6-3 on the road. … The Sounders will be without forward Eddie Johnson, who is away with the U.S. national team. Also out are goalkeepers Michael Gspurning (forearm) and Marcus Hahnemann (hamstring) and midfielder Shalrie Joseph (calf). Joseph was acquired from Chivas in an off-season trade. The Goats will be without midfielder Eric Avilia, who will serve a one-game red-card suspension. … This is expected to mark goalkeeper Dan Kennedy’s 100th MLS match, all with Chivas. … Seattle defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado’s next yellow card will bring a one-game suspension for accumulation. … The referee is Kevin Stott.QUOTABLE: “They’ve got nine guys behind the ball sometimes, so you have to do a good job of possession, you’ve got to do a good job of trying to isolate people at key moments. … They’re definitely going to be a hard team to break down. That’s the way they’ve tried to play it as of late.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on Chivas USA.NEXT: This three-game homestand will conclude at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, when FC Dallas visits.
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