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Saturday comes: Sounders vs. new-look Toronto FC

Here's our game story on what projects as a really fascinating -- potentially historic match. And below, a few basics:

TORONTO FC (0-0-0)AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (1-0-0; 3 POINTS)1:30 p.m. Saturday, CenturyLink Field.TV: Channel 13. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: The Sounders lead 6-1-1 overall, and 3-0-1 in Seattle. The Sounders have won five straight in the series. This is the only scheduled meeting this season. NOTES: Seattle opened its season with a 1-0 home win over defending MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City. This is the opener for Toronto, which went 1-2-2 in preseason competition. … After finishing 6-17-11 last season, Toronto has rebuilt its roster around U.S. national team midfielder Michael Bradley, English striker Jermain Defoe, Brazilian stars Julio Cesar and Gilberto, and former MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario. … Gilberto did not travel due to a quad injury. Meanwhile, Seattle defender Leo Gonzalez (groin) and midfielder Tristan Bowen (quad) are about a week away from availability. … Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei played the past five seasons with Toronto. Midfielder Chad Barrett played there from 2008-2010. … Seattle is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Sounders soccer and will honor the 2007 USL championship team. … The assigned referee is Loannis Stavrides, while the regular MLS refs remain locked out in a labor dispute.QUOTABLE: “They saw everybody sort of unveiled and what they’re going to do, and they haven’t really unveiled that yet. So there’s a little bit of mystery that sometimes helps you.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on the implications of Toronto’s opening-week bye.NEXT: The Sounders visit Montreal at 1 p.m. March 22.

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