One more game before the league-leading Sounders head into MLS' World Cup break. Here our preview story from the Saturday paper. Below are the basics:
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (9-3-2; 29 POINTS)AT CHICAGO FIRE (2-3-8; 14 POINTS)5:30 p.m. Saturday, Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Illinois.TV: JOEtv. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: The Sounders lead the series, 5-0-3 overall, and 2-0-2 at Chicago. The Fire is the only MLS team never to have beaten Seattle. The Sounders won at home last season, 2-1. This is the only scheduled meeting this season. NOTES: The Sounders have the top record in MLS, while Chicago is ninth in the Eastern Conference. … The Fire’s eight draws are most in the league. … Chicago recorded its first clean sheet of the season in a draw at Colorado on Wednesday. … This is the Fire’s third match in seven days. The Sounders have been off since their 4-0 win over Real Salt Lake last weekend. … Chicago’s last three goals have come on penalty kicks. The Fire has gone four matches without scoring in the run of play. … Quincy Amarikwa leads the Fire with five goals, but he has not scored since May 10. … Seattle is without forward Clint Dempsey and defender DeAndre Yedlin due to international duty; and central defender Djimi Traore is out with a leg injury. Chicago forward/midfielder Patrick Nyarko (knee) is out, while forward Mike Magee (calf) and midfielder Logan Pause (hamstring) are questionable. … Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa played the first five seasons of his MLS career in Chicago. Defender Jalil Anibaba came to Seattle in a trade that sent Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Patrick Ianni to the Fire. … Chicago’s average home attendance is 15,468. The Fire is 1-1-4 at home, while Seattle is 3-1-2 on the road. … Magee and Seattle midfielder Osvaldo Alonso are one caution from yellow-card suspension. … The referee is Chris Penso.QUOTABLE: “Amarikwa is a dangerous player up front. … Harrison Shipp is probably one of the leading candidates for rookie of the year. So if Magee is healthy, that just adds another danger spot for them. … Dilly Duka is a player who can beat people on the flank. Those guys are all dangerous.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on the FireNEXT: The Sounders will join the U.S. Open Cup fourth round at 7 p.m. June 18, meeting amateur club PSA Elite at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila. Seattle returns to league play June 28 at D.C. United.