Sounders FC News and Notes

SportsSoccerU.S. Open (golf)Greg Vanney

With the Seattle Sounders FC's postseason aspirations of paramount importance, Sigi Schmid's return to Ohio is a secondary storyline for Saturday night's trip to face the defending MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew. Seattle visits Crew Stadium for a 4:30 p.m. PT kickoff.

Seattle (9-7-11, 38 points) seeks its first win in three games and to do so the Sounders FC must snap the Crew's MLS record 22-game home unbeaten (16-0-6) run. No MLS expansion team has qualified for the playoffs since 1998, and Seattle is mounting the strongest bid to do so in the 11 seasons since.

Eastern Conference leader Columbus (12-4-10, 46 points) is the frontrunner for the Supporters Shield, awarded to the MLS club with the highest regular season point total. The Crew has won their last five at home, and they are 2-0-1 in the last three league games.

The Sounders FC, which slipped from third place to fifth in the West following a 2-1 loss at New England, is playing its second of three in a row on the road. Next comes Kansas City on October 17.

Seattle is 2-1-1 in the last four on the road, scoring eight goals. It is 3-1-1 in the Eastern Time Zone this season, including the U.S. Open Cup Final played September 2 in Washington, D.C.

Saturday's match will be televised locally on KONG 6/16 and can be heard on News Talk 97.3 KIRO FM radio with Kevin Calabro and Greg Vanney calling the action. Saturday's game will be available in Spanish on THIS TV (Comcast Channel 114) with play-by-play from Jaime Mendez and Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar providing analysis, and on Ke Buena 1210 AM with Rene Aleman, Noe Menendez and Victor Hernandez calling the action.

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