Sounders FC at Columbus Crew – Sept. 18, 2010 at 4:30p.m. PT at Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
The Seattle Sounders FC completes its nearly 8,000 mile trip Saturday against the Columbus Crew, leader of the MLS Eastern Conference. First kick is set for 4:30 p.m. PT and can be seen on KONG 6/16 and THIS-TV, and heard on KIRO 97.3 FM and Homero 1210 AM.
Sounders FC (0-0-3) reached the halfway point of its CONCACAF Champions League group stage campaign in a 0-2 loss to CD Saprissa in San Jose, Costa Rica on Tuesday night. It is now winless through its first three Group C matches, having lost, 1-2, to CD Marathon in Honduras and 0-2 to CF Monterrey on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field.
Sounders FC is last in its group, behind Monterrey (3-0-0), Saprissa (2-0-1) and Marathon (1-0-2). It is now 12-12-8 in overall competition and tied for fifth in the Western Conference of MLS at 9-9-6 (33 points).
In MLS, Seattle (9-9-6, 33 points) is out to strengthen its hold on a playoff position at Columbus. It is tied with San Jose for the final two playoff wild card slots and fifth in the Western Conference. After going undefeated in seven games, Sounders FC has one point in its last two outings.
Columbus is the city Sigi Schmid delivered an MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield in 2008, his third season of coaching the Crew. Saturday’s match is also a preview of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final, between Seattle and Columbus, to be played October 5 on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field.
The next three matches — one in Champions League and two in MLS — are on the road. Although undefeated in its last five league fixtures at home, Sounders FC has not won away since July 31. After a brief return home, Seattle plays at Monterrey on September 22 and Chicago on September 25.
Last week, Sounders FC battled MLS Cup holder Real Salt Lake to a scoreless draw at home. Columbus lost to the L.A. Galaxy, 3-1, but is still in a position to earn an unprecedented third straight Supporters’ Shield. The Crew leads the East by four points and is tied with Real Salt Lake with the second highest points total, trailing the Galaxy by three. It hosts Joe Public of Trinidad and Tobago in a Champions League match on Tuesday.
Seattle owns the only win in the series, having snapped a record 22-game home unbeaten run by the Crew with a 1-0 result on October 3, 2009. Two meetings in the Emerald City have ended in 1-1 draws.
Local TV: KONG 6/16
Local Radio: KIRO 97.3 FM
Talent: Arlo White
Pregame Talent: Alan Hinton and Peter Fewing with Chris Egan (tv); Alan Hinton, Peter Fewing, Matt Johnson (radio)
Local Spanish TV: THIS-TV (Comcast channel 114)
Talent: Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar, Jaime Mendez
Local Spanish Radio: 1210 AM Homero
Talent: Rene Aleman, Noe Menendez and Victor Hernandez