The Sounders return to training today, so I should have some updates around midday. Until these, these notes from the club looking at the week ahead:
Sitting atop the league table and unbeaten in the past three outings, Seattle Sounders FC visits the Chicago Fire on Saturday in the team’s final game before the three-week World Cup break. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. PT at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.
Saturday’s match will be televised locally on JOEtv (KZJO, channel 22/cable 10) with Ross Fletcher and Taylor Graham on the call, 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 (9-3-2, 29 points) extended its lead atop the Supporters’ Shield standings to five points with Saturday’s resounding 4-nil win over second-place Real Salt Lake. Seattle has held the top spot for a club record six straight weeks, and a win or draw on Saturday would allow the team to retain first place through the World Cup break.
Four different players scored for Sounders FC against RSL as the team won its league-best fifth consecutive home match. Chad Barrett and Gonzalo Pineda scored in their second straight game while Marco Pappa’s outstanding free kick marked his first goal in Rave Green. Obafemi Martins continues to lead the Seattle attack with his sixth goal of the campaign, ranking in the top 10 in MLS in both goals and assists.
Saturday’s match against the Chicago Fire (2-3-7, 13 points) marks the lone meeting of the season between the two sides. After starting the season with a seven-game winless streak, Chicago has gone 2-1-1 over the past four weeks, including a 1-1 home draw against the LA Galaxy on Sunday.
Sounders FC has dominated the all-time series against Chicago, going 5-0-3 in league play and winning the 2011 U.S. Open Cup Final. Chicago is the only MLS team without a win against Seattle, and Sounders FC has posted a 2-0-2 record at Toyota Park.
Following Saturday’s match, Sounders FC will take the week off of training before returning on June 14 to prepare for Open Cup play against PSA Elite on June 18 at Starfire Stadium.
Sounders FC will resume MLS regular season play on June 28 at D.C. United, and will stay on the road for the July 5 match against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The next home match is set for July 13 against the Portland Timbers 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 5-Match ticket package is also available now with expanded seating to include the upper bowl at CenturyLink Field.