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Saturday comes: Sounders at Chivas USA

LogoChivas[1]Here's our preview story of tonight's Sounders match at Chivas USA. Below, a few basics on tonight's game:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (3-2-1; 10 POINTS)AT CHIVAS USA (1-2-3; 6 POINTS)7:30 p.m., StubHub Center, Carson, Calif.TV: JOEtv. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads the series 7-2-4. The Sounders are unbeaten over the last 11 meetings (7-0-4) and have won five straight while outscoring the Goats 17-6 over that streak. The clubs will meet again Sept. 3 in Carson and Sept. 27 in Seattle.NOTES: Chivas is winless (0-2-3) over its last five matches. … The Sounders are 2-0-1 on the road, and they lead MLS with nine road goals. Chivas is 1-1-1 at home. … This match features MLS’ top two players in goals and in assists. Seattle’s Clint Dempsey is the goals leader (six), followed by Chivas’ Erick Torrez (five). Seattle’s Obafemi Martins leads MLS with four assists, while Chivas’ Mauro Rosales is right behind with three. … Torrez has scored goals in a league-high four straight games, while Dempsey has scored in three straight. … Rosales was traded from Seattle to Chivas in an offseason trade that brought Tristan Bowen to the Sounders. … Sounders midfielder Brad Evans is expected to return after missing the last four matches with a calf injury. … Central defender Eriq Zavaleta is on loan from Seattle to Chivas. He is ineligible for this match. ... Chivas is last in MLS attendance, averaging 10,004 through three home dates. … The referee is Ismail Elfath.QUOTABLE: “I just go out there and play and try to get in good spots, and try to get shots on goal and create chances for other people. I don’t pay attention to that.” – Dempsey on the fouls he has suffered even in advance of facing Chivas USA, which leads MLS in fouls and cautions.NEXT: The Sounders return home at 1 p.m. April 26 when the Colorado Rapids visit CenturyLink Field.

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