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Sounders begin looking toward Houston

After a couple of days off, the Sounders return to training Wednesday.

Until then, a few notes from the club looking ahead to the Saturday match at Houston:

Riding a league-best three-game winning streak, Seattle Sounders FC concludes its two-game road trip on Saturday night against the Houston Dynamo. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. PT at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Saturday's match will be broadcast on KONG 6/16 with Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller calling the action. The Spanish broadcast is available on KOMO2 and can be heard on La Gran D 99.3 FM. There will be no English radio broadcast. Sounders FC (10-7-4, 34 points) won its third straight game last Saturday in Toronto, marking the longest active winning streak in MLS. Captain Mauro Rosales staked Seattle to an early lead, and goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann earned his second consecutive win. Seattle is now tied-fifth in the West with the LA Galaxy, just seven points behind conference leaders Real Salt Lake with three games in hand. The recent run of form has catapulted Sounders FC to third overall with an average of 1.62 points per game, challenging the pace of the Supporters' Shield leaders. Following Saturday's match at Toronto, two Sounders FC players departed for international duty overseas. Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson were called in by the U.S. National Team for Wednesday's friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo. The friendly will be televised live on ESPN2 at 11:30 a.m. PT. The rest of the Seattle squad returned to the Pacific Northwest for three days before visiting the Houston Dynamo in the lone meeting of the season. Sounders FC is currently unbeaten in five straight games (3-0-2) against the Eastern Conference, and has earned the third-most road wins (4) in MLS this season. The match will be Seattle's first at BBVA Compass Stadium. The MLS Cup runners-up in 2011 and 2012, Houston (9-7-6, 33 points) sits fifth in the East after 22 games. The Dynamo's four-game (3-0-1) unbeaten streak was snapped last weekend in a 1-nil loss at Real Salt Lake. Led by goalkeeper Tally Hall, the Dynamo has been the league's second-best defense this season with a 1.00 goals against average. Seattle then returns home for one of the biggest matches in MLS this season. On August 25, Sounders FC will host Cascadia Cup rivals Portland Timbers in front of a sold-out crowd of over 66,500. The match will be Clint Dempsey's first home game and will be nationally televised on ESPN2. The month concludes with a road match at the Columbus Crew on August 31. 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.

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