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Saturday comes: Top-of-table Sounders at LA

LogoLAI'm traveling to the match today, so the blog might be kind of quite until my arrival. In the meanwhile, some basics on the big game:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (15-8-4; 49 POINTS)AT LOS ANGELES GALAXY (13-10-5; 44 POINTS)7:30 p.m., StubHub Center, Carson, Calif.TV: NBCSN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: Los Angeles leads the regular-season series 5-3-2. The Galaxy also leads 3-1-1 at home, including a 4-0 win on June 1 in which Robbie Keane recorded a hat trick. The teams will meet again Oct. 27 in Seattle. NOTES: This is the latest in any season that the Sounders have led the Supporters Shield race. The Galaxy is five points behind. … Seattle has won five straight games, the longest win streak in MLS this season. Another win today would set a club record. … The Sounders are 0-5-1 over their last six visits to the Galaxy. … New Seattle midfielder Adam Moffat traveled with the team. So did midfielder Brad Evans (calf) and reserve goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann (knee). Emergency keeper Doug Herrick also traveled in case Hahnemann can’t go. … L.A. coach Bruce Arena said he expects Landon Donovan (ankle) to be available. However, defender A.J. DeLaGarza (elbow) and midfielder Robbie Rogers (hamstring) are out. DeLaGarza has started every game for L.A. in this regular season. … Keane is fourth in MLS with 13 goals. Los Angeles went into the weekend also fourth in team goals (45) and assists (46). … L.A.’s Juninho and Seattle’s Leo Gonzalez and Djimi Traore are one yellow card away from a one-game suspension for accumulation. … The referee is Silviu Petrescu.QUOTABLE: “Sometimes it looks almost like they’re playing a 4-2-4 with their wingers or their outside backs staying really high. But they’re a team always that they’re going to go after games, they’re going to try to create chances; and in that process sometimes they leave themselves open as well.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on the GalaxyNEXT: New York Red Bulls, 6 p.m. Sept. 29, CenturyLink Field.