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Two teams on massive winning streaks meet up as Nicolas Lodeiro and the Seattle Sounders welcome Johnny Russell and Sporting Kansas. In their first MLS meeting in April, Sounders FC and the Portland Timbers played to a draw, with Seattle scoring twice in the final five minutes. More than 60, tickets already have been sold for this one. “It's not too. WATCH: Sigi Schmid Tribute | Forever A Sounder. December 27, (2 min). Sigi Schmid Soccer community mourns passing of Sigi Schmid.
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Alonso, still recovering from leg injuries that sidelined him for much ofis one of the few health concerns. Schmetzer has also trotted out a with a diamond midfield at times in the preseason in attempt to add formational flexibility that was perhaps lacking last year.
In back, a defense that posted an MLS-record minute scoreless stretch in the playoffs returns mostly intact. Leerdam, a TAM signing last summer, begins his first full campaign with the Sounders. The year-old almost immediately established himself as one of the best right backs in MLS last year, defending ably and displaying deft technical skills in attack.
Nouhou, who frequently started down the stretch last season when Joevin Jones moved to midfield, will battle Waylon Francis to retain the starting job at left back. Chad Marshall, 33, and Roman Torres, 31, also return to provide the Sounders one of the sturdier if older center-back tandems in the league.
Neither has been immune to injury over their careers, and only the relatively untested Tony Alfaro currently offers depth. Sporting director Chris Henderson acknowledged in January that center back is an area of need, and one the club could address before the season.
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Dempsey, who at 34 led the club in scoring and led the league in playoff scoring last season, signed a new, more team-friendly contract this winter. His vision is good. I think the January camp with the national team did him. Going in there and essentially being the veteran on that squad.
In the game, the two goals were both well taken. The longtime Houston Dynamo striker provided 11 goals in his debut season with the Sounders.
As such, the deeper significance of the matchup, which arises again this Saturday at CenturyLink Field 4 p. When Dempsey and Neagle discussed who remains from that team, it was a short list.
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The most obvious storyline ahead of the weekend is the return to Seattle of Sigi Schmid, who was fired by the Sounders in the summer of and is now in charge of the Galaxy. This isn't Schmid's first trip back at CenturyLink as an away coach -- that happened late last year -- but it is the first time he'll return in control of an actual fellow contender rather than an also-ran.
LA enters the weekend in fourth place in the West and Seattle eighth, but just five points separate the combatants, and the latter has a pair of games in hand. When Schmid and his longtime assistant Brian Schmetzer -- who later took Schmid's job -- get together the day before the game for their customary cup of coffee, one suspects that it will be slightly more guarded than usual.
This specific matchup feels like a throwback: And even that felt a little like two ships passing each other en route to opposite destinations, with LA slumping and Seattle on the upward trajectory that would end in its inaugural MLS Cup.