Sounders FC, which was the best road team in MLS last season, plays its first road game of the 2012 MLS season today at Washington, D.C.
Here’s the TNT’s game preview story, featuring the return of former United defender Marc Buch. Who didn’t leave his old team in the best of moods. And here’s a Washington Post piece on DC keeper Joe Willis, half of today’s pairing of 6-foot-5 goalkeepers.
The plan today is to open a live blog here today about 4 p.m. I didn’t travel this week, so hopefully we can get a good conversation going while watching on KONG.
Below, the essentials:
SOUNDERS FC (2-1-0; 6 POINTS)
AT D.C. UNITED (1-2-1; 4 POINTS)
4:30 p.m., RFK Stadium.
TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
CLUB LEADERS: For Seattle: G 4, David Estrada; A 2, Alvaro Fernandez; S 12, Estrada; SOG 7, Estrada; GAA 0.67, Michael Gspurning. For D.C.: G 1, Nick DeLeon and Maicon Santos; A 2, Dwayne De Rosario; S 13, De Rosario; SOG 3, DeLeon and Hamdi Salihi; GAA 1.33, Joe Willis.
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 3-2-1 overall and 2-1 at RFK. The clubs split their two meetings in 2011, each winning at home. This is the only scheduled meeting this season.
NOTES: This is the Sounders’ first road game of the season. In 2011, Seattle went 9-3-5 on the road, best in MLS. The Sounders take a five-game road winning streak into the match. The MLS record is seven. … Forward Eddie Johnson (hip) could be available to make his Sounders debut today. However, midfielder Mauro Rosales (knee) and defender Adam Johansson (hamstring) are doubtful. … D.C. defender Brandon McDonald is out, serving his one-game suspension for a dangerous challenge. … Seattle is coming off its first loss of the season, 1-0 to San Jose. United is coming off its first win, 4-1 over FC Dallas. D.C. hasn’t won back-to-back games since 2009. … De Rosario is the reigning MLS MVP. … The referee is Edvin Jurisevic.
QUOTABLE: “RFK has always been a loud stadium because of the roof that encloses the whole thing. La Barra Brava has always been a very good supporter’s group, and the Screaming Eagles back there. … It’s an older stadium, but the noise stays in the stadium.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid
NEXT: Colorado Rapids, 1 p.m. April 14, CenturyLink Field.