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Saturday comes: Sounders-Philadelphia at 7 p.m.

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PHILADELPHIA UNION (1-3-5; 8 POINTS)AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (5-2-1; 16 POINTS)7 p.m. Saturday, CenturyLink Field.TV: Channel 13. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: The series is even, 2-2-2. The Sounders lead 2-1 in Seattle. This is the only scheduled meeting this season. NOTES: The Sounders have won three straight games to climb to the top of the MLS standings. The Union is winless over its last eight matches (0-3-5) and has fallen to eighth in the Eastern Conference. … Seattle is 2-2 at home. Philly is 0-3-2 on the road. … Philadelphia is on a 190-minute scoreless streak. … Leading the Union with two goals each are U.S. national team midfielder Maurice Edu, Brazilian midfielder Leo Fernandez and former Sounders forward Sebastien Le Toux. … Seattle is led by Clint Dempsey, who tops MLS with eight goals, and Obafemi Martins, the league leader with four assists. Dempsey has scored in a league-high six straight games. … Philadelphia leads MLS with 50 corner kicks. The Union and Sounders are tied for second in the league with 114 shots. … Sounders defender Leo Gonzalez (hamstring) is doubtful. …The referee is Silviu Petrescu.QUOTABLE: “We have to make sure that we come out at the beginning of the game, that we’re sharp, that we get our crowd behind us right at the start and that we continue to make them feel as if, ‘Well, today’s not the day.’” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on Philadelphia’s hunger to end its winless streakNEXT: FC Dallas visits Seattle at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
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