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Some Montreal notes, while awaiting the big news

While waiting on the real news of the day -- Will there be a game? Will Clint Dempsey play in it? -- here are some preview notes from the Sounders:

All-Time Road LeadersOsvaldo Alonso has played the most career road games (67) for Sounders FC, logging 5,667 minutes. Chad Marshall has played the most matches (129) away from home in his MLS career, and Kenny Cooper has scored the most away goals (30). Midfielder Marco Pappa has had great success on the road, scoring 14 of his 26 goals and recording 12 of his 16 assists away from his home stadium. Head Coach Sigi Schmid holds a .462 winning percentage on the road, and his 70 road wins are the most in league history.

Against the ImpactTwelve current Sounders FC players have played the Montreal Impact, led by six appearances by Chad Marshall. Marshall and Kenny Cooper lead the team with two goals scored against Montreal, as Cooper has netted his two goals in just 359 minutes. Jalil Anibaba is the lone active Sounders FC player to have recorded an assist against the Impact, and no goalkeeper on the Seattle roster has played against Montreal.

Consecutive Canadian OpponentsSeattle's match at Montreal marks the second-straight game against a Canadian opponent after Toronto FC visited CenturyLink Field last Saturday. Sounders FC has faced Canadian teams in consecutive weeks one time in club history, drawing Vancouver 2-2 (6/11/11) before beating Toronto 1-0 (6/18/11).

Flashback to Final USL GamePrior to joining MLS in 2009, the Seattle Sounders played their final game of the USL era against the Montreal Impact. The sixth-seeded Sounders faced the third-seeded Impact in the first round of the USL playoffs. Seattle jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first leg, but was eliminated with a 3-1 loss in the second leg, ultimately falling 4-3 on aggregate. Both teams went on to join MLS as Sounders FC played its inaugural match in 2009, with the Impact joining the league for the 2012 season.

Series NotesWith just two meetings in league play, Montreal is the only team that Seattle has not earned a point against, losing both matches by a combined score of 5-1. Despite being outscored, Sounders FC holds the advantage in total shots, 27-21, and corner kicks, 14-8. Saturday's match will be the third location in three all-time meetings as the previous two games were held at Saputo Stadium (6/16/12) and CenturyLink Field (3/2/13).

About MontrealAfter finishing the 2013 season with a Knockout Round loss to the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup Playoffs, the Impact return a largely unchanged side. Just six players from last year's team did not return, most notably defender Alessandro Nesta (retired) and midfielder Davy Arnaud (traded to D.C. United). Saturday will be the first home game for Montreal after the team started with two road matches in Texas, falling 3-2 to FC Dallas on Opening Day and losing 1-nil to Houston last Saturday. The Impact will finish the opening month of the season with a road game at Philadelphia on March 29.

Impact Notables Montreal will be without Italian striker Marco Di Vaio, who is serving the final match of his three-game suspension. Di Vaio finished third in MLS last season with 20 goals, including five game-winners, and led the league with 78 offsides - 36 more than any other player. Over the past two games, the Impact have used former No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wenger in his place. Wenger scored in the season opener against Dallas, and put both of his shots against Houston on frame. Montreal also has the service of one of the top set-up men in MLS in Patrice Bernier, who recorded three assists against Seattle in the 2012 matchup. The Impact midfield also boasts MLS veteran Justin Mapp, former Sounders FC midfielder Sanna Nyassi and Brazilian Felipe Martins.

On the defensive side, the Impact will be without Andres Romero, who is also serving the final match of his three-game suspension. The backline features regulars Hassoun Camara, Jeb Brovsky and Matteo Ferrari, and rookie Eric Miller. Troy Perkins has been the first-choice keeper since joining the Impact in a trade with the Timbers in 2012.

SEA-MTL ConnectionsSeattle midfielder Lamar Neagle spent one season with Montreal - his lone MLS season outside of Seattle. Neagle scored two goals with two assists in 23 appearances (11 starts) for the Impact, including one goal against Sounders FC. Montreal midfielder Sanna Nyassi has spent the past three seasons with the Impact after playing the 2009-10 seasons with Seattle and 2011 season with Colorado. Nyassi has scored eight goals and four assists in 51 games, including one goal in his only appearance this season. Kenny Cooper played with Heath Pearce at Dallas (2009) and New York (2012). Cooper also played with Troy Perkins in Portland (2011). Djimi Traore (2011-12) and Hassoun Camara (2006-08) both played for French side Marseille.

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