Sounders FC vs. Chivas USA
MLS Regular Season
Saturday, April 19; 7:30 pm PT; StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
TV/Radio: JOEtv (KZJO, channel 22/cable 10); KIRO Radio 97.3 FM; THIS-TV (KOMO2, Spanish); ESPN Deportes Radio, 1490 AM (Spanish)
Chivas’ Record: Chivas USA is 1-2-3 (6 points) this season, seventh in the Western Conference, after winning the season-opener.
Head-To-Head: This is the first of three matches this season between Seattle and Chivas USA. The other two meetings are September 3 at the StubHub Center and September 27 at CenturyLink Field.
All-Time Series: Seattle is 7-2-4 all-time against Chivas USA in MLS play, going unbeaten over the last 11 matches at 7-0-4.
Injury Report: Sounders FC – OUT: D Damion Lowe (Hip Surgery); F Kevin Parsemain (ACL Tear). QUESTIONABLE: M Brad Evans (L Calf Contusion); M Andy Rose (L Hamstring Injury). Chivas USA – OUT: D Tony Lochhead (L Hamstring Strain); M Thomas McNamara (R ACL/Medial Meniscus Tear). QUESTIONABLE: None.
Key Player: Seattle’s old captain Mauro Rosales is an important player in the midfield for Chivas, just as he was for Sounders FC. The Argentine maestro had three assists in the first two matches this season and is tied for second in MLS at that mark now. He will undoubtedly be motivated to play against his former team and is a perpetual danger when given time and space to create scoring chances from the wing and on set pieces.
Notes: Eriq Zavaleta has started four matches at center back for Chivas, but will not be eligible to play in the match as part of the loan agreement...Chivas USA has added three players recently, signing former Colorado Rapids midfielder Martin Rivero, former U.S. U-17 midfielder Matt Dunn and third-round SuperDraft selection Michael Nwiloh, a center back from Georgia State...Sounders FC is unbeaten on the road in 2014 at 2-0-1. After Saturday, the next three matches will all be at CenturyLink Field...Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins lead MLS in goals and assists, respectively, while Chivas USA’s Erick Torres and Rosales are ranked second in those categories...Seattle is unbeaten in its last 12 April matches, going 7-0-5 in that stretch dating back to April 2, 2011...Sounders FC and Chivas USA will meet on Sunday in the first MLS Reserve League match for both teams this season at the StubHub Center on Sunday.