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Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on April 30, 2010 at 9:58 am with 6 Comments »
April 30, 2010 9:59 am

The Sounders have final training for Columbus this morning at Starfire. If any news results from that, I’ll pop back in.

Meanwhile, a look ahead to tomorrow’s game:

COLUMBUS CREW (2-0-1; 7 pts.)
AT SOUNDERS FC (2-2-2; 8 pts.)
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Qwest Field.
TV:
KING 5.
Radio: 97.3 FM (1210 AM in Spanish).
Head-to-head: Seattle is 1-0-1 vs. Columbus. The clubs played to a 1-1 draw in Seattle, but the Sounders snapped the Crew’s MLS-record 22-game home unbeaten run in Columbus, 1-0. This season’s return match is Sept. 18.
Team leaders: For Columbus – G3 Guillermo Barros Schelotto; A 1, three players tied; S 8 Rogers; SOG 4 Schelotto. For Seattle – G 2, Fredy Montero, Steve Zakuani; A 2, Montero, Osvaldo Alonso; S 17, Montero; SOG 7, Montero.
Kasey Keller on the Crew: “Columbus has been one of the top teams for the last couple of years. … They have a good balance between experience and youth and we have to make sure we play the way we’re capable of playing. It’s a little bit of an opportunity for us to set our authority on our home form. It’s a couple of good teams and really show the league we’re legit.”
Notes: Columbus is the two-time defending Supporters Shield champion. … The Crew is one of two unbeaten clubs remaining in MLS. The other is Los Angeles, which visits next week. … Sounders coach Sigi Schmid coached Columbus from 2006-2008. … Crew coach Robert Warzycha said he might rest 37-year-old star Schelotto, protecting him from the pounding of Qwest’s artificial surface. Schmid said he doesn’t know if that is a serious possibility or mere gamesmanship by the man who succeeded him. Schelotto has said he wants to play. … Columbus averages 1.67 goals per game and allows 0.67; Seattle scores and allows 1.17. Through six games, the Sounders have given up three goals after the 76th minute. … Seattle forwards Pat Noonan (hamstring) and Michael Fucito (knee) are out. Columbus defender Shaun Francis (ankle) is out, and defenders Chad Marshall (hamstring) and Gino Padula (knee) are doubtful. Marshall was 2009 MLS defender of the year. … Last season, Seattle played five games in the month of May, all draws. … The referee will be Ricardo Salazar.
Next: Los Angeles, 1 p.m. May 8, Qwest Field.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. blahbl4hblah says:

    “The referee will be Ricardo Salazar.”
    May as well hand the game over to Columbus right now. Salazar is just shy of being the worst ref to grace a MLS game (obviously only following Terry Vaughn).

  2. Don Ruiz says:

    Salazar had the guts to red-card David Beckham in LA last season. I’ve always respected that.

  3. joepublic says:

    Both are good refs. They’ve made mistakes, but they are good refs.

  4. EverydayFan says:

    Bad calls happen … I’d like to see the Sounders surprise us with a dominating win against a string opponent … But alas, my prediction is the dreaded nil-nil draw … Not the best from a fan perspective, but acceptable in the first half of this unique split season

  5. blahbl4hblah says:

    Obviously EVERYONE HERE seems to have forgotten Pat Onstad blatantly punching Montero in the head and Salazar DIDN’T pull the red card. He had the aduacity to only give a yellow AND A YELLOW TO MONTERO. For getting punched. WORST.REF.EVER. After Terry Vaughn.

  6. joepublic says:

    Onstad chest-bumped Montero. That doesn’t make Onstad any less of a flaming maniac, but he didn’t punch him.

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