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Sounders turn attention to Chivas USA

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on April 15, 2014 at 9:02 am with No Comments »
April 15, 2014 9:05 am

LogoChivasThe Sounders return to training this morning for their next MLS match, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chivas USA.

I should have some notes and quotes after that session. For now, this look forward from the club:

Riding the momentum of consecutive come-from-behind road results, Seattle Sounders FC concludes a three-game road trip at Chivas USA on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Saturday’s match will be televised on JOEtv (KZJO, channel 22/cable 10) with Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller calling the action, and can be heard on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. The match will also be televised live in Spanish on THIS-TV (KOMO2) with Jaime Mendez and Diego Arrioja on the call, and Spanish radio is available on ESPN Deportes 1490 AM with Rene Aleman and Noe Menendez.

Sounders FC (3-2-1, 10 points) moved into a three-way tie for second place in the Western Conference with a comeback 3-2 road win against league-leading FC Dallas on Saturday. Seattle is unbeaten in three (2-0-1) road games this season, scoring a league-high nine away goals, including a club record seven goals in the past two road outings.

Clint Dempsey earned MLS Player of the Week honors for the secondconsecutive week after scoring a club record five goals over the past two games. His long-range free kick goal is nominated for MLS Goal of the Week. Dempsey leads MLS with six goals, recording a goal or assist in all four appearances this season, and Obafemi Martins leads the league with four assists.

The Seattle attack has scored the second-most goals (12) in MLS this season, setting the club record with goals in each of the opening six games of the season.

Winless in its past five (0-2-3) outings, Chivas USA (1-2-3, 6 points) sits seventh in the West following a comeback road draw at Portland last Saturday. Forward Erick Torres ranks second in MLS with five goals and former Sounders FC midfielder Mauro Rosales has recorded three assists (T-2nd).

Riding an 11-game (7-0-4) unbeaten streak in the series, Sounders FC looks to win its sixth-straight game over Chivas USA. The two sides will meet again at the StubHub Center on September 3 and will conclude the season series at CenturyLink Field on September 27.

Following Saturday’s match, Sounders FC will play its first MLS Reserve League match of the season against Chivas USA on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. PT at the StubHub Center.

Sounders FC will return to Seattle for three-straight home games, beginning April 26 against the Colorado Rapids. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.

Tickets for Sounders FC home matches, including the Tottenham Hotspur friendly, are available now at www.SoundersFC.com and 1-877-MLS-GOAL. The 6-Match ticket package is also available now with expanded seating to include the upper bowl at CenturyLink Field.

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