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Countdown to kickoff: Sounders at DC, 4:30

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on May 4, 2011 at 2:10 am with No Comments »
May 4, 2011 11:54 am

The sort of soaring Sounders will meet badly limping D.C. United at 4:30 p.m., and with a victory Seattle will join LA at the top of the MLS table … by total points at least.

Here’s our game preview from today’s paper. Here’s one from the Washington Post. And here’s a quick look at the game ahead:

SIGI SCHMID
On the Sounders approach:

For us right now it’s the same approach that we want to go into on the road. We feel we’re a good road team. We go into road games with the game plan of trying to win the game. We never go into road games with the game plan of hoping to hang on or only snag a point. I know on the last road trip I said, well if we can get a win and a tie, I’ll be happy. But we go into each game trying to get a win in each game. For me it’s just OK if we get a win and a tie I’d be happy. We approach every game trying to win the game. Our approach is the same as it’s been. We want to continue to build on what we did well in the last game, when we had a very good cohesive team effort, not only offensively but defensively.

On handling the lineup with two games this week:
You sort of gauge it: You see how players are recovering, you see how they feel. We got here last night and after the flight we went out and trained a little bit. We got through that OK. Everybody felt a lot sharper (Tuesday). Overall we feel pretty good. I don’t think there’s anybody going into this game that we have to say, well we have to rest this guy or rest that guy. So like I said before, a lot of times when you’re in the rhythm of playing games you feel good about that – the players sometimes don’t have a problem. The timeline between Wednesday’s game and Saturday’s game is a shorter timeline than between our Toronto game and (today). So the chances are greater if we rest some people or we feel that some people aren’t recovered it would probably more impact the Columbus game than it would the game (today).

SOUNDERS FC (3-2-3, 12 pts.) AT D.C. UNITED (2-4-1; 7 pts.)
4:30 p.m., RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
TV:
KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM (99.3 FM in Spanish).
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 2-1-1 and is 3-0 at RFK Stadium, including the 2009 U.S. Open Cup championship game. United visits Seattle on Sept. 17.
TEAM LEADERS: For Seattle – G 3, Brad Evans; A 3, Mauro Rosales; S 22 Fredy Montero; SOG 12, Montero; GAA 0.88, Kasey Keller. For DC – G 5, Charlie Davies; A 1, five players; S 15 Chris Pontius; SOG 8, Pontius; GAA 2.25, Bill Hamid.
NOTES: Seattle has a six-game unbeaten string, while D.C. has lost its last two MLS matches by a combined, 8-1. … United has allowed a league-high 16 goals. … Sounders midfielder Mauro Rosales (hamstring) will be a game-time decision. Steve Zakuani (leg) and O’Brian White (blood clot) are out. United midfielder Kurt Morsink (concussion) is doubtful. … Davies leads MLS with five goals. Three have come by penalty kick. The former U.S. national team star is on loan from Sochaux of France while coming back from severe injuries suffered in a 2009 car crash. … Former Sounder midfielder Stephen King made 20 appearances with D.C. last season, but has not yet played this season. … The referee is Hilario Grajeda.
QUOTABLE: “(RFK) has been a good stadium for us. We want to maintain that, but that’s something that (D.C. coach) Ben Olsen is going to be talking to their team about, because he’s as aware of it as everybody else is. But winning on the road builds your confidence, winning in a place gives you confidence to go back and win again.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid.
NEXT: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, at Columbus Crew; KONG.

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