The Sounders are in Columbus today, and we’re expected to get some updates from coach Sigi Schmid around midday. Meanwhile, here are some club notes leading to their 4:30 p.m. Saturday match against the Crew.
Seattle-Columbus Series Notes
Sounders FC is 3-1-3 against the Columbus Crew, going unbeaten (2-0-1) at Crew Stadium. The lone loss in the series came in the previous meeting as Columbus won, 2-0, at CenturyLink Field on May 23, 2012. The match marks Seattle’s first visit to Crew Stadium in over two years.
* Seattle has outscored Columbus 14-7, including 6-1 at Crew Stadium.
* Ten of Seattle’s 14 goals have been scored in the first half, including five in the opening 15 minutes.
* Sounders FC has scored in six of the seven meetings, and have held the Crew scoreless twice.
* Eight active Sounders FC players have scored against the Crew, including three goals each from Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Lamar Neagle.
* The only active Crew player to score against Seattle is Justin Meram.
Hat Trick Times Two
Two of Seattle’s four all-time hat tricks came against the Crew. The last time Lamar Neagle faced the Columbus Crew as a Seattle Sounders FC player he scored a hat trick in a 6-2 home win on August 27, 2011. The season prior, Blaise Nkufo became the first Sounders FC player to record a hat trick when Seattle beat the Crew, 4-0, on September 18, 2010.
Seattle Meets Two Top 10 Goal Scorers on Saturday
Sounders FC will look to stunt the potent attack of the Columbus Crew, who feature two of the league’s top 10 goal scorers. Federico Higuain and Dominic Oduro have each scored nine goals, ranking seventh in MLS, and both players have started all 25 games for the Crew this season.
Higuain is in his first full season with the Crew after joining midway through the 2012 campaign. He scored five goals with seven assists in just 13 games last season, earning MLS Newcomer of the Year honors. He not only leads the Crew with nine goals, but has also recorded a team-high six assists. Higuain is fifth in MLS with 73 shots and 27 shots on goal, and leads the league with five penalty kicks.
An eight-year MLS veteran, Oduro is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career. His nine-goal output is already his second-highest season total after scoring 12 goals with the Chicago Fire in 2011.