I have arrived in Texas … and it is hot. I can’t imagine it won’t be a factor in this game. On one hand, I’m here straight from Puget Sound, while the Sounders are coming from Panama … which probably helps by comparison. On the other hand, no one gets use to this kind of heat. I can’t imagine even the Dynamo is used to this heat. In fact, I used to live in South Texas … and you just don’t get used to this heat.
In any case, a quick look at this evening’s match:
SOUNDERS FC (10-4-8, 38 PTS.)
AT HOUSTON DYNAMO (5-7-9, 24 PTS.)
5:30 p.m., Robertson Stadium, Houston.
TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 2-1-2. The clubs played to a 1-1 draw March 25 in Seattle.
TEAM LEADERS: For Seattle – G 6, Fredy Montero; A 6, Mauro Rosales; S 62, Montero; SOG 26, Montero; GAA 1.05, Kasey Keller. For Houston – G 4, Will Bruin and Cam Weaver; A 9, Brad Davis; S 49, Bruin; SOG 21, Bruin; GAA 1.24, Tally Hall.
NOTES: Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, the MLS career victories leader, is going for his 150th league win. … The Dynamo is 5-3-3 at home, Seattle 4-2-5 on the road. … Overall, Houston is 1-2-3 over its last six games. Seattle is 6-0-3 over its last nine league games. However, the Sounders have lost their last two competitions: 7-0 in a friendly to Manchester United, and 1-0 in Champions League at San Francisco FC of Panama. … Houston had a league-high four representatives at the MLS All-Star Game: Davis, Geoff Cameron, Corey Ashe and goalkeeper Tally Hall. … Hall is from Gig Harbor; Weaver was born in Tacoma. … Cameron has scored in all three of his regular seasons starts against Seattle. … The Sounders reserve goalkeeper is rookie Josh Ford, who has no professional experience. Usual No. 2 Terry Boss didn’t travel due to concussion symptoms. … Houston’s Je-Vaughn Watson is out due to disciplinary suspension. Seattle’s Servando Carrasco and Montero are each one caution away from a one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation. … The referee is Niko Bratsis.
QUOTABLE: “They are a team that is very good on set pieces. Brad Davis leads the league in assists, and he serves probably the best ball in the league and he is somebody that is very, very dangerous. And then they got big bodies — Cameron, (Bobby) Boswell and (Andrew) Hainault and (Brian) Ching and Will Bruin or Weaver, whoever is out there — they got big bodies. So we got to make sure we limit the amount of free kicks we give away. We got to make sure we mark up well when we do.” – Schmid.
NEXT: The Sounders will resolve their two-game aggregate-score CONCACACAF Champions League preliminary match with San Francisco of Panama at 7 p.m. Wednesday at CentryLink Field. As of Friday afternoon, 17,500 tickets have been for distributed for that game…Seattle returns to MLS play 5:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at Kansas City.