Feels like a real chance for the Sounders to get points on the road.
Here are some basics:
SOUNDERS FC (11-6-7; 40 POINTS)
AT CHIVAS USA (7-9-6; 27 POINTS)
7:30 p.m., Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
TV: KING 5. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
CLUB LEADERS: For Seattle: G 11, Eddie Johnson; A 10, Mauro Rosales; S 86, Fredy Montero; SOG 31, Montero; GAA 0.57, Michael Gspurning. For Chivas: G 4, Juan Pablo Angel; A 3, Ryan Smith; S 35, Angel; SOG 12, Angel; GAA 1.18, Dan Kennedy.
HEAD TO HEAD: The series is even, 2-2-4. The Goats lead 2-1-2 at home. The clubs played to 1-1 draw at Chivas on May 26. They will meet again at CenturyLink Field on Sept. 8.
NOTES: Seattle is third in the MLS Western Conference, seven points from the top. Chivas is seventh, 10 points out of playoff position. … Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said Friday that his lineup might for the first time combine the “big four” of forwards Johnson and Montero and midfielders Rosales and Christian Tiffert. The game also could mark the MLS debut of newly acquired midfielder Mario Martinez. … Chivas is last in MLS with 15 goals scored and an average of 0.68 goals per game. The Goats also are last in shots and shots on goal. They have six goals over 12 home games. … Seattle is 4-1-3 over its last eight games. Chivas is 3-2-3 over the same stretch. … Sounders midfielder Andy Rose (ribs) is out. Former Sounder Pete Vagenas (hamstring) is questionable for Chivas. … Former Sounders defender James Riley is expected to start for Chivas. … Sounders midfielder Michael Tetteh has been loaned to NASL Fort Lauderdale. … Johnson and Joseph are one caution away from yellow-card suspension. … The referee is Jose Carlos Rivero.
QUOTABLE: “They are a team where they’re getting to that point where they’re desperate for points if they want to get into the playoff hunt. (And) they’ve changed their lineup around an awful lot. … It’s a little bit tougher to prepare because you’re not quite sure what lineup they’re going to come with.” – Schmid on Chivas USA.
NEXT: The Sounders resume CONCACAF Champions League play against Caledonia AIA at 5 p.m. Thursday in Couva, Trinidad. Seattle’s next MLS match is Sept. 2 at FC Dallas.