No Sounders training today. But here are some club-provided notes on the Philadelphia Union, which will visit CenturyLink Field at 7 p.m. Saturday:
Seattle and Philadelphia are level on the all-time series at 2-2-2, with Seattle holding the edge at home with two wins and one loss. Sounders FC earned a 2-2 road draw in the lone meeting last season and downed the Union, 1-0, in the last meeting at CenturyLink Field on May 5, 2012. Seattle has scored in five of the six meetings, holding a 4-1 advantage in the opening 45 minutes. The two sides have played a pair of memorable matches over the past four seasons. In the Union’s first-ever MLS match on March 25, 2010, Sounders FC beat the Union, 2-0, with goals from Brad Evans and Fredy Montero. Three months later, Seattle opened Philadelphia’s PPL Park with a 3-1 loss on June 27, 2010.
* Seattle has outscored Philadelphia, 4-1, in the opening 45 minutes while seven of the Union’s eight goals have been scored in the second half.
* Despite being slightly outshot (64-66), Philadelphia holds the advantage with 29 shots on goal to Seattle’s 19.
* Philadelphia earned the lone road victory in the series with a 2-nil win on October 8, 2011.
* Seattle has held the Union scores twice, but has allowed three multi-goal games.
* Kenny Cooper leads all Sounders FC players with five career goals in just six matches against Philadelphia.
Sitting eighth in the East, Philadelphia looks to end its seven-game (0-3-4) winless stretch this Saturday at CenturyLink Field. The Union have gone 0-3-2 in five road outings, including two-straight road losses. The seven-game winless stretch is one short of the club record, set during the 2011 season and again in 2012. Philadelphia has played the most games (9) in MLS this season, taking the second-most shots (114) while earning the most corner kicks (50). The defense ranks ninth with a 1.22 goals against average, posting two shutouts with 11 goals allowed.
The Union attack is led by a trio of players with two goals scored. U.S. National Team midfielder Maurice Edu returned to MLS in the offseason and has recorded five points in nine starts, playing all 810 minutes. Brazilian midfielder Leo Fernandez has also tallied twice with one assist, starting in four of his seven appearances. Sebastien Le Toux has contributed two goals while Andrew Wenger has scored once in four games since his trade from the Montreal Impact. Philadelphia also features newcomer Vincent Nogueira, a 26-year-old midfielder who has played every minute this season, recording one goal and one assist. Goalkeeper Zac MacMath has started all nine matches, making 23 saves on 34 shots.