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Saturday comes: Sounders at Crew, 4:30

Here's our preview from The News Tribune. Below are the basics:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (11-8-4; 37 POINTS) AT COLUMBUS CREW (8-12-5; 29 POINTS)4:30 p.m., Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 3-1-3 overall and 2-0-1 at Crew Stadium, where the Sounders have outscored the home team 6-1. Overall, Seattle has outscored Columbus 14-7.NOTES: Seattle is tied for the fifth and final playoff spot in the West. … Columbus is eighth in the East and coming off of a 4-0 loss at Real Salt Lake. The Crew started four homegrown players in that match, an MLS record. … Columbus will be without forward Federico Higuain, who is serving the first of a two-game disciplinary suspension. Higuain shares the team goals lead (nine) with Dominic Oduro, and is tops in assists, shots and shots on goal. No. 1 goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum is out with a shoulder injury. Matt Lampson (1.40 GAA) is expected to make his sixth start instead. … Seattle goals leader (seven) Obafemi Martins (ankle) and midfielder Shalrie Joseph (knee) are out. ... Two of the Sounders’ four all-time hat tricks have come against Columbus: by Blaise Nkufo in 2010 and Lamar Neagle in 2011. … Columbus is 5-4-3 at home; Seattle is 4-7-1 away. … Columbus hasn’t played to a draw since June 1 (4-8). … A Columbus win would give coach Robert Warzycha the most regular-season wins in franchise history (71). … The assigned referee is Ismail Elfath.QUOTABLE: “They’re a little harder to figure out this week because with Higuain out, how are they going to change? … Certainly (Dominic) Oduro’s speed always poses a problem. (Jairo) Arrieta is a good goal poacher and has been that for them. Defensively, Chad Marshall is a solid player, and he’s also very effective on set pieces.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on the Crew.NEXT: Chivas USA, 7 p.m. Wednesday, CenturyLink Field.