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Game day comes: Sounders-Houston at 7:30

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HOUSTON DYNAMO (6-11-4; 22 POINTS)AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (12-6-2; 38 POINTS)7:30 p.m. Sunday, CenturyLink Field.TV: ESPN2. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: The regular-season series is even, 3-3-2. The Sounders lead in Seattle, 3-0-1. The series also is even in goals at 11 each. The Dynamo won, 3-1, last season in Houston. This is the only meeting this season. NOTES: This game will be played with CenturyLink Field opened to full capacity. The Sounders are 10-0-3 with a plus-19 goal differential when played before home crowds of more than 40,000. Tickets remain available. … Seattle is 7-3 at home, while the Dynamo is 1-8-1 on the road. … The Sounders are coming off of their first back-to-back losses of the season. Houston snapped an eight-game winless streak (0-6-2) with a 1-0 win over D.C. United last weekend. … The Dynamo went into the weekend having given up a league-high 40 goals and with the second-worst goal differential (minus 17). … Will Bruin leads Houston with eight goals, while Brad Davis leads with five assists. … Seattle All-Stars Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and Osvaldo Alonso are expected to play. Right back DeAndre Yedlin is questionable after his trip to England as part of a possible transfer to Tottenham Hotspur. … Houston made two recent high-profile signings: four-time World Cup veteran DaMarcus Beasley and Honduran midfielder Luis Garrido. …The Dynamo goalkeeper is Tally Hall (1.33 GAA), who attended Gig Harbor High School. Also on the Houston roster is midfielder Servando Carrasco, who played for the Sounders 2011-13. Houston coach Dominic Kinnear played for Seattle’s 1995 A-League championship team. … Seattle coach Sigi Schmid once again is looking for his 200th MLS win. … The referee is Chris Penso.QUOTABLE: “It changes them a little bit only because Garrido is such a defensive midfielder where he really sits in front of the two centerbacks, so it forces Ricardo Clark into more of an attacking role than he normally plays, because normally he was the guy who sat a little bit deeper. From that standpoint it also takes Boniek Garcia wide all the time, whereas at times he was playing in the middle of midfield.” – Schmid on new-look Houston.NEXT: The Sounders meet Chicago in a U.S. Open Cup semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila. They return to MLS play next Saturday at Real Salt Lake.

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