Toronto FC at Seattle Sounders FC – October 2, 2010 at 12:30p.m. PT on Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field; Seattle, Washington
Sounders FC continues its three game home stand on Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. PT, as Seattle (11-9-6, 39 points) hosts one of its closest challengers for an MLS postseason wild card slot. Toronto FC (8-11-7, 31), which defeated Sounders FC, 2-0, back on April 25 at BMO Field, will be desperate for a victory to stay alive. Saturday’s match will be the 30th consecutive sellout and can be seen on KONG 6/16 and heard on KIRO 97.3 FM.
Sounders FC is undefeated in its last five (3-0-2) league home games and has not lost in its last seven (6-0-2) since June 10 in domestic competition. Wednesday, in round five CONCACAF Champions League competition, it defeated CD Marathon 2-0 behind two Mike Fucito goals.
At stake next Tuesday, October 5, will be possession of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Seattle will defend its 2009 title against the Columbus Crew, winner of three MLS trophies in the past two years. First kick is 7 p.m. PT and Fox Soccer Channel will air the game live.
Tickets are still available for the Open Cup final at www.SoundersFC.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Qwest Field Box office.
Seattle went the distance last week, logging the last of its 18,000 miles of September travel and coming through late to vanquish the Chicago Fire, 1-nil, on the road. It was the third straight shutout and raised the club’s record to 7-1-3 in the second half of the season.
Although Sounders FC earned its first points in the group stage in its win over Marathon, it has been eliminated from advancing to the next round.
In MLS the picture is much rosier for the Rave Green. Seattle moved up in the wild card standings last week and increased its lead over its nearest challengers.
Seattle seeks to become the first team in the Open Cup’s modern era to retain the championship. By doing so, it would double the size of its trophy collection and also likely ensure a berth in the 2011-12 Champions League.
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); Jimmy Gabriel with Matt Johnson (radio)
Local Spanish Radio: 1210 AM Homero
Talent: Rene Aleman, Noe Menendez and Victor Hernandez