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Sounders start training Wednesday for Chivas USA

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Aug. 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm with 1 Comment »
August 20, 2012 8:17 pm

With another one-game week ahead, the Sounders took today off, and they’ll do the same Tuesday before returning to training on Wednesday.

Here’s a basic look ahead and behind, from the club:

Coming off the first Cascadia Cup win of the season, Seattle Sounders FC hits the road for the next five of six matches across all competitions. The road trip begins this weekend as Sounders FC travels to Los Angeles to take on Chivas USA for the second meeting this season. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Saturday’s match will be televised on KING 5 with Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller calling the action, and can also be heard on 97.3 KIRO FM. The match can also be heard live in Spanish on La Gran D 99.3 FM.

Sounders FC rebounded from a difficult week in impressive fashion, defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 2-0, in front of a crowd of 55,718 at CenturyLink Field on Saturday afternoon. It was the first Cascadia Cup win of the season for Seattle as the team remained undefeated against the Caps in MLS play.

Seattle’s stars shined bright as Fredy Montero subbed into the match and made an immediate impact, netting the game-winner after just three minutes on the pitch. Strike partner Eddie Johnson added the insurance goal in the 87th minute, raising his season total to 11 (tied for fourth in MLS).

The weekend’s action continued in the MLS Reserve League on Sunday as winger Steve Zakuani netted his first competitive goals in over 15 months and recent addition Mario Martinez saw his first action with his new club.

Sounders FC is now in sole possession of third in the West, three points clear of Vancouver and Los Angeles and two points behind second-place Real Salt Lake with two games in hand on all three teams. With 10 games remaining in the MLS season, Seattle looks to make a strong push for its fourth straight MLS Cup Playoffs appearance.

The focus now changes to the road as Sounders FC will play five away matches over the next four weeks. Seattle will visit Chivas, Dallas and Portland in MLS play and will travel to Trinidad and Honduras for CONCACAF Champions League meetings. After this stretch of road games, Seattle will have just two away contests remaining (at Vancouver and at LA Galaxy).

The action kicks off on Saturday afternoon as the Rave Green visit Chivas USA for the second time this season. Seattle, who has lost just once (4-1-3) in its past eight league outings, earned a 1-1 road draw in its last meeting with Chivas in May.

Chivas has played the fewest games in MLS and are currently seventh in the West, 10 points out of the fifth and final playoff spot. The Goats earned a road draw on Saturday at Colorado and hope to continue to pile up the points at home before hitting the road for three straight.

The third and final meeting between the two sides will come on September 8 in Seattle’s next home match.

Following Saturday’s match, Sounders FC will return to Seattle for two days before heading to Trinidad to play Caledonia AIA in Champions League play on August 30 and will stay on the road to visit FC Dallas on September 2.

Tickets to home MLS matches are available through www.SoundersFC.com, all Ticketmaster Outlets, CenturyLink Field Box Office or by calling 877-MLS-GOAL.

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  1. EverydayFan says:

    Goat Rodeo

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