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NEW YORK RED BULLS (15-9-6; 51 POINTS)AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (15-8-5; 50 POINTS)6 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: ESPN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: The Sounders lead 3-2-2 overall and 2-1 in Seattle. NOTES: A Sounders win or Red Bulls win or draw would move them along to the top of the MLS points race. … The availability of Sounders designated player Clint Dempsey (hamstring) and defender Leo Gonzalez (groin) are game-time decisions. New York goals (9) and assists (8) leader Thierry Henry and 2010 MLS defender of the year Jamison Olave did not travel, at least in part due to the FieldTurf surface. … Seattle would become the first MLS team to clinch a playoff spot with a win, combined with an FC Dallas loss to Columbus and a San Jose loss to Chivas USA. … New York has won four straight games, while the Sounders have a league-high six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1). Seattle also has a 13-game unbeaten streak (9-1-3) at home, while the Red Bulls are 5-7-3 on the road. ... Seattle defender Zach Scott is out while serving a one-game red-card suspension. Defenders Djimi Traore and Gonzalez are one caution away from one-game suspension for accumulation. … The referee is Kevin Stott.QUOTABLE: “A team that’s probably going to play it a little bit close to the vest in terms of making it difficult for us to break them down. Maybe they come out in more of a 4-5-1 type of formation, more than a 4-4-2. But a team that’s very confident right now, has been playing well, and has been getting results.” -- Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on the Red Bulls.NEXT: The Sounders visit the Colorado Rapids at 7 p.m. Saturday.
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