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Sounders-Red Bulls at 1 p.m. on ESPN

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on July 15, 2012 at 1:17 am with No Comments »
July 14, 2012 10:21 pm

SOUNDERS FC (8-5-6; 30 POINTS)
AT NEW YORK RED BULLS (9-5-4, 31 POINTS)
1 p.m.; Red Bulls Arena; Harrison, N.J.
TV:
ESPN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
CLUB LEADERS: For Seattle: G 8, Eddie Johnson; A 6, Mauro Rosales; S 73, Fredy Montero; SOG 26, Montero; GAA 0.46, Michael Gspurning. For New York: G 11, Kenny Cooper; A5, Thierry Henry; S 46, Henry; SOG 26, Henry. GAA 1.50, Ryan Meara.
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads, 3-2-1 overall; Red Bulls lead 2-1 at home. This is the only meeting of the regular season.
NOTES: This match concludes Seattle’s regular-season play against Eastern Conference clubs. … Gspuring (hip) made the trip and could return to action for the first time since May 2. … The Red Bulls are 5-0-2 at home, Seattle 2-2-5 on the road. … New York traded Dane Richards to Vancouver last week in exchange for former Sounder Sebastien Le Toux, who is available today. … New York is third in MLS in average goals scored (1.78); Seattle is second in average goals allowed (1). … The Red Bulls are 1-2-2 over their last five games, while the Sounders are 1-1-3. … Defender Jeff Parke came to Seattle after being made available by New York in the expansion draft. … Henry and Red Bulls defender Heath Pearce were named to the MLS All-Star First XI last week. Pierce will miss this game with a hamstring injury. … The remainder of the 18-man game-day All-Star roster will be announced at halftime. … Johnson and Montero are one yellow card away from a game suspension for accumulation. … The referee is Jorge Gonzalez.
QUOTABLE: “Henry and Cooper have been very goal-dangerous up front. … You can never relax with them because they’re a pretty good ball-possession team, they’re pretty good at opening spaces up, and obviously they’ve got guys who can finish.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on the Red Bulls.
NEXT: Friendly against Chelsea FC, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at CenturyLink Field. The Sounders return to league play July 28 at Colorado.

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