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Saturday comes: Sounders at Red Bulls

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SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (17-7-3; 54 POINTS)AT NEW YORK RED BULLS (9-8-11; 38 POINTS)4:30 p.m. Saturday, Red Bulls Arena, Harrison, N. J.TV: NBCSN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: The Sounders lead 3-2-3 overall. The teams last met Sept. 29, 2013, playing to a 1-1 draw at CenturyLink Field. This is the only scheduled meeting this season.NOTES: The Sounders have the best record in Major League Soccer. The Red Bulls are fourth in the Eastern Conference, but among three teams within one point of each other for the final two playoff positions. … Seattle is unbeaten over five straight league games, including four consecutive wins. New York is 3-1-1 over its last five. … New York forward Bradley Wright-Phillips leads MLS with 21 goals, while Thierry Henry has nine goals and leads the Red Bulls with 12 assists. Seattle’s Obafemi Martins is tied for sixth with 13, one short of Eddie Johnson’s club record set in 2012. Martins also leads Seattle with nine assists. … Both teams played non-league games this week. Seattle won the U.S. Open Cup with a 3-1 win at Philadelphia on Tuesday, while the Red Bulls lost 1-0 at Montreal in CONCACAF Champions League. … A sellout crowd is expected. … The referee is Alan Kelly.QUOTABLE: “With this stretch of games we’ve got facing us right now, we’ve got to be a little bit smart, a little bit careful with some of our players. … (New York) left all of their guys home and rested (vs. Montreal), so they’re putting their whole emphasis on the playoffs, and Champions League is definitely a second seat for them. … They’re in a very tight race in the East, and so for them points are a necessity.” – Sounders coach Sigi on both teams having played midweek games.NEXT: The Sounders visit FC Dallas at 6 p.m. Wednesday.