Seattle Sounders FC at Houston Dynamo – October 23, 2010 at 1:00p.m. PT at Robertson Stadium; Houston, Texas
Its postseason pairing still to be determined, Seattle Sounders FC heads to Texas for the final match of the regular season, facing the Houston Dynamo on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.
Seattle (14-9-6, 48 points) has a club record five-game winning streak (six games unbeaten) in MLS going into the finale in Houston. There it could cross the 50-point threshold with a victory over the Dynamo (8-15-6, 30 points). It’s the first visit to Robertson Stadium since being eliminated from the 2009 playoffs by Houston last November.
Goalkeeper Alex Horwath has been called up by Seattle to replace injured backup Terry Boss for the match. Horwath played at the University of Wisconsin before signing with Major League Soccer as a pool goalkeeper.
A 1-0 extra time loss in the second leg of the Western Conference semifinals is the only Sounders FC defeat in six meetings with Houston. Seattle is 2-0-1 in the regular season series. It ousted the Orange from the semifinals round of the 2009 Open Cup and earned a draw in the first leg of last year’s playoff series.
Winner of the MLS Cup in 2006 and 2007, the Dynamo will be closing-out a difficult year. Houston has gone 1-4-3 in its last eight at home. However it is 2-1-1 in its last four outings following a 1-0 road win at San Jose this past weekend.
KING 5 will televise Saturday’s game and can be heard on KIRO 97.3 FM and in Spanish on Homero 1210 AM.
It’s been a magical three-month run for Sounders FC. After beating Chivas USA, 2-1, at home last week, it is 10-1-3 during the second half of the MLS regular season. Despite a troubling start to the campaign Seattle has surged, surpassing the win and point totals achieved in its sensational first season. Going into the week it is tied for the league’s fourth-best record.
Not only has the Rave Green become the first team to repeat as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Champion in 27 years, no other team in the 15-year history of Major League Soccer has lost fewer matches in its first two seasons.
Sounders FC is set to host the first leg of a conference semifinal on October 31 at 5 p.m. PT. It will be aired nationwide on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
Local TV: KING 5
Local Radio: KIRO 97.3 FM
Talent: Arlo White; Alan Hinton and Pete Fewing with Chris Egan (pregame tv); Alan Hinton and Pete Fewing with Matt Johnson (pregame radio)
Local Spanish Radio: Homero 1210 AM
Talent: Mario Rodriguez, Rene Aleman, Noe Menendez, Victor Hernandez