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Sounders off today, then back to training for LA

The Sounders are off today, so no real news expected as of now. So until they return to training Friday, here are some notes provided by the club:

League-leading Seattle Sounders FC returns to MLS action next Monday night against Western Conference rivals LA Galaxy. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. The match was originally scheduled for July 26 but has been moved to Monday, July 28. All tickets and parking passes issued for the original date will be honored. Monday's match will be nationally televised on ESPN2, and can be heard on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes 1490 AM. Sounders FC (12-4-2, 38 points) has held the top spot in MLS since mid-April, largely due to its stellar home record. Seattle has posted a league-best six straight home wins dating back to April 26, outscoring opponents 15-3. The Sounders FC defense has allowed the fewest home goals (7) in MLS and has kept the opposition scoreless in the past 344 minutes of action at CenturyLink Field. With its recent eight-game (5-0-3) unbeaten streak snapped at Kansas City on Saturday, the LA Galaxy (7-4-6, 27 points) look to regain its road form after earning just two wins in its first nine away outings. Los Angeles boasts the third-best goals against average (0.94) while posting just four shutouts through 17 games. The Galaxy lead the regular season series at 5-3-4, and hold a 3-1-0 advantage in postseason play. Winless in the past four contests (0-2-2) against Los Angeles, Seattle will look to take the advantage in the home series, which is currently level at 2-2-2. In the last three home games against the Galaxy, Sounders FC has earned two wins with one draw, scoring seven goals while allowing one. Monday's match marks the first of three meetings this season between the two sides. The series will resume in the final two weeks of the season as Seattle visits Los Angeles on October 19 before concluding the regular season against the Galaxy at home on October 25. Sitting at 199 regular season victories, Seattle's Sigi Schmid is looking to become the first coach in MLS history to win 200 games. His .722 winning percentage in 2014 is the best of his 15-year professional career, topping his 2008 MLS Cup winning Columbus Crew side (.667). Tickets for Sounders FC home matches are available now at www.SoundersFC.com and 1-877-MLS-GOAL. The 4-Match ticket package is also available now with expanded seating to include the upper bowl at CenturyLink Field. Competition Schedule (All times Pacific; subject to change)July 28, 7:00 p.m. - Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy, CenturyLink FieldAugust 2, 7:30 p.m. - Sounders FC at San Jose Earthquakes, Levi's StadiumAugust 10, 7:30 p.m. - Sounders FC vs. Houston Dynamo, CenturyLink FieldAugust 13, 7:00 p.m. - Sounders FC vs. Chicago Fire, Starfire StadiumAugust 16, 11:30 a.m. - Sounders FC at Real Salt Lake, Rio Tinto StadiumAugust 20, 7:00 p.m. - Sounders FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes, CenturyLink FieldAugust 24, 2:00 p.m. - Sounders FC at Portland Timbers, Providence ParkAugust 30, 1:00 p.m. - Sounders FC vs. Colorado Rapids, CenturyLink Field Date Change Reminder: Sounders FC to Host LA Galaxy on July 28Seattle Sounders FC will host the LA Galaxy on Monday, July 28 at 7 p.m. PT. The match was originally scheduled for July 26, and was moved in order to accommodate city-wide events and the national television schedule. All tickets and parking passes issued for the original date will be honored. Sounders Streaking at CenturyLinkSeattle is riding a strong run of form at home over the past three months, winning its past six home outings by a combined score of 15-3. The run began on April 26 with a 4-1 win against the Colorado Rapids, and continued with victories over Philadelphia, Dallas, San Jose, Salt Lake and Portland. The six-game home winning streak is the longest in MLS this season, and the team's seven home wins matches FC Dallas for the most in the league. Seattle has amassed the second-most home points (21), leading the league with an average of 2.33 points per game. Seattle's six-game run has also tied the club record for most consecutive home wins, matching last season's streak from July 28-September 13.

344 Minutes and CountingSeattle's home success is largely a result of a stingy defense. The team has posted three consecutive shutouts at CenturyLink Field, keeping the opposition scoreless for the past 344 minutes. With a penalty kick allowed against Dallas and an own goal conceded against Philadelphia, the last time the opposition scored from the run of play at CenturyLink Field was on April 46, totaling 478 minutes. Sounders FC has allowed the fewest goals (7) at home this season, and holds the best home goal differential (+11) in MLS. First in the Supporters' Shield RaceSounders FC remained atop the Supporters' Shield standings for a club record 10th consecutive week, sitting seven points ahead of D.C. United and Real Salt Lake. Sounders FC first gained the top spot on April 26, and is guaranteed to hold its position through the weekend's action. Seattle has also won the most games (12) and scored the most goals (35) in MLS, and is the lone team to average over two points per game (2.11) this season. The League's EliteThe two most successful teams in MLS over the past six years will face off Monday night at CenturyLink Field. Since Sounders FC joined MLS in 2009, LA is the only team to earn more points and wins than Sigi Schmid's club, with the two teams' records nearly mirroring each other. The two teams are separated by just four points, one win, five goals scored, and .011 winning percentage. Busy Days AheadFaced with a congested schedule, Sounders FC readies for a busy month that features eight games in 34 days. Five of the eight matches will be played at home, including the U.S. Open Cup fixture against the Chicago Fire at Starfire Stadium. The remaining three matches will be short-distance trips with visits to San Jose, Salt Lake and Portland. Six of the seven league matches will be played against Western Conference opponents as the Houston Dynamo are the lone team from the East. Of the seven opponents, just three (LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake and Colorado Rapids) currently hold a playoff spot. By the end of August, Sounders FC will have just nine remaining league matches, including eight contests against the Western Conference.

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