Some basics on tonight’s game:
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (1-3-3; 6 POINTS)
AT SPORTING KANSAS CITY (5-3-2; 17 POINTS)
5:30 p.m., Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan.
TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: None in English. Spanish broadcast on 99.3 FM.
HEAD TO HEAD: In league play, Seattle leads 5-1-1 overall and 3-0 in Kansas City. However, SKC beat the Sounders on penalty kicks in the 2012 U.S. Open Cup final.
NOTES: Kansas City is in a four-way tie atop the Eastern Conference, while Seattle is alone at the bottom of the West. … SKC leads MLS in shots and is second in assists and goal differential. … Sporting designated player Claudio Bieler leads MLS with six goals. Graham Zusi leads SKC with four assists and is the reigning MLS player of the week. Jimmy Nielsen is the defending MLS goalkeeper of the year. Striker Kei Kamara has rejoined the club after a loan to Norwich City of the English Premier League. … Sporting is 3-1-1 at home with a 9-3 goal advantage, while the Sounders are 1-2-1 on the road. … Seattle played a 2-2 draw at Philadelphia on Saturday, while SKC routed Chivas USA at home Sunday. … SKC forward Teal Bunbury and midfielder Bobby Convey are out with injuries. Seattle is without Lamar Neagle and DeAndre Yedlin due to red-card suspension. Obafemi Martins is expected to miss the game due to injury, while Shalrie Joseph, Steve Zakuani and Marc Burch are questionable. … Seattle goals leader Eddie Johnson (2) played for Kansas City 2006-2007. … The assigned referee is Geoff Gamble.
QUOTABLE: “They get their outside backs involved and try to hold onto the ball that way. It’s important for us to keep the ball as well and create opportunities. I think we did that better against Philly, but we have to limit the opportunities that we give the opponent.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on facing SKC.
NEXT: The San Jose Earthquakes visit CenturyLink Field at 1 p.m. Saturday.