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Sounders schedule gets busy starting Saturday

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on April 29, 2013 at 5:49 pm with No Comments »
April 29, 2013 5:50 pm

After a lazy end to the month of April, things will pick up considerably for Sounders FC in May, starting with their match Saturday at Philadelphia.

Here are some basics from the club:

Seattle Sounders FC returns from the bye week with the first of a two-game road trip on Saturday afternoon against the Philadelphia Union. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. PT at PPL Park in Chester, Penn.

Saturday’s match will be televised on KONG 6/16 with Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller calling the action, and can be heard on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. The match will also be carried in Spanish on La Gran D 99.3 FM.

Sounders FC (1-3-2, 5 points) has played the fewest games in MLS after receiving three byes in the opening nine weeks of the season. Sitting at the bottom of the West, Seattle will play five MLS matches over the month of May, beginning with visits to Philadelphia and Kansas City.

Coming off its first victory at Colorado on April 20, Sounders FC looks to win a second straight on the road, and extend its 235-minute shutout streak – the fourth-longest in the league this season.

Philadelphia (3-3-2, 11 points) had a three-game unbeaten run snapped last Saturday with a 2-nil loss at the New England Revolution. The Union sits sixth in the East and has not won at home since March 16. In the first full season under manager John Hackworth, the newlook Union feature 20-year-old forward Jack McInerney – the league’s youngest player to ever hold the scoring lead.

Following Saturday’s match at Philadelphia, Sounders FC will stay on the road for a midweek meeting with Sporting Kansas City (4-3-2, 14 points). Currently tied for second place in the Eastern Conference, Kansas City will host Chivas USA on Sunday before Seattle visits in a rematch of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on May 8.

Sounders FC then returns home for the next home match on May 11 against the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. Single-match tickets to Sounders FC home matches are available through SoundersFC.com, all Ticketmaster Outlets, CenturyLink Field Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000.

Sounders FC 4-Match ticket package are available by phone at 1-877-MLS-GOAL or online at www.SoundersFC.com. The package includes Sounders FC home matches versus the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on June 8, Portland Timbers on August 25, Real Salt Lake on September 13 and the Los Angeles Galaxy on October 27.

Sounders FC Fast Facts
* Sounders FC is 6-7-10 all-time in May, including 3-2-2 last season.
* Sounders FC holds the longest active unbeaten streak when scoring first at 33 games (26-0-7). New York’s all-time record of 58 games was snapped earlier this season.
* Ten of 12 goals allowed by Philadelphia this season were conceded in the second half.
* Six MLS teams are still searching for their first road win and no team has won more than two consecutive road games this season.
* Brad Evans and Mauro Rosales are the only active players to score against Philadelphia – both were game-winners. Steve Zakuani has recorded three assists in three meetings with the Union, which is tied for the second-most assists against Philadelphia in league history (Fredy Montero is first with four assists).
* Union midfielder Sebastien Le Toux is one of just six players to record three or more assists versus Seattle.

Three Games in Eight Days
Sounders FC plays some of its best soccer during a congested schedule, so the busy start to May will provide a great opportunity for the club to pile up points. The month begins with three games over an eight-day stretch from May 4 to May 11, marking the first time this season that Seattle will play three games in such a short period of time. Despite the compacted calendar, Sounders FC has had plenty of experience playing multiple games in a week’s time.

There have been nine occasions in club history when Sounders FC has played three league matches in eight days. Overall, Seattle is 12-7-7 in such matches, outscoring opponents 36-30. Sounders FC has scored in all but five games, including 11 multi-goal games, and has held teams scoreless eight times.

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