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Seattle Sounders FC (7-3-1, 22 points) will look to bounce back against the San Jose Earthquakes (2-3-4, 10 points) Saturday night by adding a few extra spectators.

Sounders FC will be without Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and De Andre Yedlin due to USNMT call-ups and Osvaldo Alonso will miss the match because off yellow card accumulations.

Saturdays 7pm kickoff will be one of the six games the upper deck at the X Box Pitch at Century Link Field will be open.

Seattle Sounders FC is hoping the extra fans will propel the team to victory after suffering a humbling 5 nil defeat last week at the New England Revolution Gillette Stadium.

Sounders FC leads MLS with an average attendance of 38,623 through the first six home matches of 2014.

Seattle has won its past three home matches by a combined score of 8-3, and currently leads the league with 12 points at home this season.

While they have earned 10 points in there nine games the Earthquake are coming of a ten man 2-1 win over FC Dallas after a Shea Salinas first half red card. “This match was a good show of character from the team.

It was difficult in the second half when we were down a man, but we were resilient. Our center backs and taller guys defend the box extremely well late in the match when they had chance after chance.” Midfielder Sam Cronin said after the FC Dallas game.

Despite the impressive win San Jose will be trying to earn its first road point of the season when it laces it boots against Seattle Sounders FC.

San Jose is also hit by National team call-ups and will be without USMNT players Chris Wondolowski and Clarence Goodson. Victor Bernardez will also miss the match, as he will be representing Honduras’s National Team.

Seattle Sounders FC will be looking to re ignite it’s league leading offense despite the loss of USNMT captain Clint Dempsey who is second in the league in goals scored with eight.

Kenny Copper looks to be the upfront replacement for Dempsey and MLS assist leader Obefami Martins will be on hand to provide pin point passes to Cooper and wide passes to Marco Poppas and Lamar Neagle as they make long overlapping runs that should put pressure on the San Jose back line.

“ The goal is for our team to continue to play way it has been with everyone creating space and chances for each other on offense, said Sounders FC Coach Sigi Schmid. The overlapping runs by Neagle and Poppa should give Seattle Sounders FC center midfielder Gonzalo Pineda space to create one -two combinations with Martins.

Game notes:

HEAD-TO-HEAD ALL-TIME (13 meetings): Sounders FC 5 wins, 15 goals ... Earthquakes 7 wins, 16 goals ...Ties 1 AT SEATTLE (7 meetings): Sounders FC 4 wins, 11 goals ... Earthquakes 3 wins, 6 goals ... Ties 0 RETURN MATCHES: 8/2: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 7:30 p.m. PT; 8/20: Seattle Sounders FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 7 p.m. PT