It’s been a tough week for the Sounders and their supporters, and it seems everyone will be happy just to get back on the pitch and think about the sport rather than the injury list.
However, there will be no avoiding thoughts of those who aren’t there. To some degree that is by design — the club and fans will publicly honor and support Steve Zakuani. Beyond that, of course, the he and O’Brian White will be missed on the pitch.
However, the opponent and location — Toronto, at Qwest — certainly seems to allow the possibility of three points, which will make everyone feel incrementally better.
TORONTO FC (1-2-4; 7 points)
AT SOUNDERS FC (2-2-3; 9)
7 p.m., Qwest Field.
TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM (99.3 FM in Spanish).
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads, 2-1-1. The teams split last season, each winning at home. The Sounders visit Toronto on June 18.
TEAM LEADERS: For Toronto– G 2, Alan Gordon and Javier Martina; A 1, seven players; S 13, Maicon Santos; SOG 5, Martina; GAA 1.43, Stefan Frei. For Seattle – G 2 O’Brian White and Steve Zakuani; A 3, Mauro Rosales; S 18, Montero; SOG 11, Montero; GAA 1, Kasey Keller.
NOTES: Seattle has a five-game unbeaten streak (2-0-3), equaling the longest in MLS this season. Toronto hasn’t won in five league games (0-1-4). The Reds are 0-1-1 on the road. … Zakuani (leg) and White (leg) are out. …Toronto midfielder Tony Tchani is out due to disciplinary suspension. Gordon (adductor) is questionable. …On the Reds roster is former Sounders midfielder Nathan Sturgis. Defender Ty Harden played at the University of Washington (2003-06). … Frei leads MLS with 26 saves, but he has allowed four goals over the past two games. … Toronto is playing under first-year coach Aron Winter. …The referee is Ricardo Salazar.
QUOTABLE: “They retooled from last year. They lost a few players. But they’re still a hard-working team and a good team. If you let them play and start getting going, they can create. So it’s one we have to get after them right from the get-go and play they way we can.” – Sounders forward Nate Jaqua on Toronto.
NEXT: 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, at D.C. United, KONG.