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Martins heading  the ball
Martins heading the ball
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Saturday’s match between Seattle Sounders FC (2-1-0, 6 points) and the Columbus Crew (2-0-0, 6 points), will provide both teams an opportunity to make a statement in this young MLS season.

Seattle Sounders FC are in second place in the Western Conference, while the Columbus Crew are tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with the Houston Dynamo and Toronto FC.

Seattle Sounders FC is coming off an impressive 2-0 road win over the Montreal Impact.

Lamar Neagle and Obafemi Martins each tallied their first goals of the season in the win over Montreal.

Seattle Sounders FC is getting solid play from it’s forward’s as well as it’s defense.

Goalkeeper Stefan Frei recorded his second shutout of the season, as Seattle's 0.67 goals against average is tied for fifth in MLS.

As good as the road win over Montreal was, Seattle Sounder FC’s last home game a 2-1 loss to Toronto FC was as equally bad.

“We were disappointed in our last home game. I thought we did a good job of carrying the game and possessing the ball and doing things, but we gave up a couple of goals that we really shouldn’t have,” Sounders FC Head Coach Sigi Schmid said.“We’ve got to make sure that we avoid that if we want to get three points out of this last home game.”

Getting three points against the Columbus Crew will not be an easy task.

Columbus has played two games and won two games. A 3-0 win over D.C. United and a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union.

The Columbus Crew have a high potent forward line featuring Argentine Forward Federico Higuain, and Venezuelan winger Bernardo Anor last weeks MLS player of the week.

The two players each scored two goals in the Columbus Crews first two games.

In addition to the high scoring forwards Columbus has a ball possession midfield led by Wil Trapp and Tony Tchani.

“They’ve done a good job offensively of holding onto the ball, so we’ve got to make sure that we keep our fair share of the ball as well this weekend,” said FC Sounders Coach Schmid.

Game Notes:
Sounders FC holds the advantage in the all-time series with Columbus, going 4-1-3 in the eight regular-season meetings.
Despite holding the advantage in goals scored, Seattle has been outshot by Columbus, 96-112.
Sounders FC has scored in seven of the eight all-time meetings, including one four-goal and one six-goal game.
Defender Chad Marshall spent the previous 10 seasons (2004-13) with the Crew, making 253 appearances with 16 goals and 10 assists. He scored the game-winner in the 2008 MLS Cup final against New York and also won three Supporters' Shields (2004, 2008 and 2009) with Columbus.
Seattle Head Coach Sigi Schmid spent three seasons (2006-08) at the helm of the Crew, going 34-33-25 while winning the 2008 MLS Cup and Supporters' Shield and earning MLS Coach of the Year honors.