The Sounders look to end their two-game losing skid at home against some nosediving Goats. Here's our preview story, and below, a few basic:
CHIVAS USA (6-17-6; 24 POINTS)AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (17-9-3; 54 POINTS)1 p.m. Saturday, CenturyLink Field.TV: JOEtv. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: The Sounders lead 9-2-4 overall and 4-0-2 at home. Seattle has won seven straight in the series and is unbeaten over the last 13 meetings. This season, the Sounders have won 2-1 and 4-2, both at Chivas. Obafemi Martins scored for Seattle in both games. This is the last scheduled meeting. NOTES: The Sounders are tied with Los Angeles for the most points in MLS. Chivas is tied with Montreal for the fewest. … Seattle has lost back-to-back matches. Chivas has lost five straight and is winless over its last 11 (0-10-1). The Goats have been shutout in their last three games and outscored by a combined 10-0. … Chivas is last in the 19-team league in goals (23), goals allowed (54), and goal differential (minus-31), as well as in shots and shots on target. … Forward Erick Torres has 14 of Chivas’ 23 goals. Martins leads Seattle with 13, one short of the club record. … Sounders midfielder Gonzalo Pineda (ankle) is questionable and defender Zach Scott (ankle) is out. … Chivas and U.S. national team defender Carlos Bocanegra is out due to concussion. Midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker is out due to red-card suspension. … Torres and midfielder Nathan Sturgis, a former Sounder, are one caution away from yellow-card suspension. No Sounders remain within one card of suspension. … The referee is Drew Fischer.QUOTABLE: “Defense is everybody. You win as a team, you score goals as a team, and you defend as a team. It’s not just the four guys in the back, or the goalkeeper, or the two center backs or anything like that. It’s us as a team.” – Coach Sigi Schmid on the Sounders’ having allowed seven goals over their past two games.NEXT: Noon Oct. 5, at Colorado Rapids.