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Game day comes: New England-Sounders, 3 p.m.

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SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (7-2-1, 22 POINTS)AT NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-3-2; 14 POINTS)3 p.m., Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts.TV: Channel 13. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: The series is tied, 3-3-1 overall. New England leads at home, 2-1-1. This is the only meeting this season. The teams played to a scoreless draw last season in Seattle.NOTES: Seattle has the best record in Major League Soccer, while a New England win would move the Revs into a tie a top the Eastern Conference. … Seattle has won a club-record five straight games and is unbeaten over its last six. The Revs are unbeaten over their last four (3-0-1). … The Sounders are 3-0-1 on the road, while the Revs are 2-0-1 at Gillette Stadium and have not yet surrendered a home goal. Seattle has scored in every match this season. … Seattle’s Clint Dempsey is second in MLS with eight goals, and Obafemi Martins leads with six assists. New England’s Lee Nguyen has scored in three straight games, all on penalty kicks. … Seattle averages an MLS-best 2.20 goals per game. New England allows 1.11, which ranks fourth. … Dempsey played in New England from 2004-06. Midfielder Shalrie Joseph is back in New England after playing last season in Seattle. … Seattle left back Leo Gonzalez (hamstring) is expected to be available. … This is the Sounders’ third game in nine days. The Revs last played eight days ago. … New England’s average home attendance is 14,056. … The referee is Jose Carlos Rivero.QUOTABLE: “They’ll be looking to push at home – especially knowing that we had a midweek game and the legs might be tired from traveling across country. I think the first 15-20 minutes, we’ll probably have to weather a storm.” – Seattle midfielder Brad Evans.NEXT: The San Jose Earthquakes visit Seattle at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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