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.