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All-Star game Wednesday, Sounders return Saturday

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on July 30, 2013 at 1:46 pm with No Comments »
July 30, 2013 1:47 pm

The Sounders aren’t training today, and no news from the club is expected.

However, here’s a preview from the club, looking ahead to the Wednesday All-Star game and the Sounders return to action Saturday when FC Dallas visits:

Riding a record eight-game home unbeaten streak, Seattle Sounders FC concludes its three-game home stand on Saturday night against FC Dallas. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.

Saturday’s match will be broadcast on KING 5 with Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller calling the action, and can also be heard on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. Spanish radio is available on La Gran D 99.3 FM.

Seattle defender DeAndre Yedlin and the MLS All-Stars will compete against AS Roma in the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star game on Wednesday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. PT at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, and will be televised live on ESPN2, UniMas, TSN and RDS.

Sounders FC (8-7-4, 28 points) continued to climb back into the playoff picture with a 2-1 home win over Chivas USA on Sunday night, marking the first victory of the season when allowing the first goal. Seattle sits seventh in the Western Conference standings, nine points from first-place Real Salt Lake.

The recent run of form at home has matched the best in club history, going unbeaten over the past eight outings (5-0-3). Sounders FC could set the new club mark with a win or draw on Saturday against FC Dallas.

Seattle will benefit from some reinforcements for Saturday’s match, highlighted by the return of U.S. National Team striker Eddie Johnson, who netted two goals and one assist as the Americans won the Gold Cup last Sunday. Broadcast analyst Kasey Keller will also return after serving as the team’s goalkeeper coach during the knockout rounds.

Saturday will mark the first August match of the season for Sounders FC. With just one loss in the last 11 August outings (8-1-2), Seattle will look to take advantage of a busy schedule with five games over the next month.

FC Dallas (8-5-8, 32 points) visits Seattle for the second time this season, falling 4-2 on May 18. Dallas started the 2013 campaign as the hottest team in MLS, winning six of its first eight matches, but a dip in form has the Texas club sitting sixth in the West with just one win in the past 10 games. The season series concludes on October 19 in Frisco, Texas.

Following Saturday’s match, Sounders FC will hit the road for three of the next four matches, starting with a trip to Toronto next Saturday. Seattle will then visit the Houston Dynamo’s BBVA Compass Stadium for the first time, and will conclude the month with a visit to the Columbus Crew on August 31.

Seattle hosts the Portland Timbers in the next home match on Sunday, August 25. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field with national television coverage on ESPN2.

Single-match tickets to Sounders FC home matches are available through SoundersFC.com, all Ticketmaster Outlets, the CenturyLink Field Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000.

2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday

The 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star game is Wednesday, July 31 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. PT on ESPN2, UniMas, TSN and RDS. The MLS All-Stars will compete against AS Roma.

Sounders FC right back DeAndre Yedlin was selected to the team as one of two additions by MLS Commissioner Don Garber. Yedlin is the first Homegrown Player selected since Juan Agudelo in 2011, and the first rookie since Michael Parkhurst in 2005.

Yedlin is Seattle’s lone representative on the 2013 MLS All-Star team. Osvaldo Alonso earned All-Star honors the past two seasons, and Eddie Johnson was also named to last year’s team. Kasey Keller earned the honors from 2009-2011, Fredy Montero was named to the team three times (2009, 2010 and 2012) and Freddie Ljungberg was honored in 2009 and 2010.

The MLS All-Star roster is below, listed in alphabetical order by last name.

2013 MLS AT&T All-Star Roster
Goalkeepers: Raul Fernández (FC Dallas), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Patrice Bernier (Montreal Impact), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Marco Di Vaio (Montreal Impact), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Camilo Sanvezzo (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

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