The Seattle Sounders are hosting Sporting Kansas City on Saturday (12:08 p.m. PT; ABC, ESPN Deportes, 93.3 KJR FM, El Re 1360 AM | TICKETS). Here are three matchups to watch:

Jordan Morris vs. Graham Zusi

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Morris finished last week’s match against LAFC with a career-high five chances created, as he was able to get in behind and wreak havoc defensively. He’ll have a favorable matchup and pace advantage against 35-year-old right fullback Zusi. Look for Morris to stretch the back line and be on the receiving end of through balls from…

Nicolás Lodeiro vs. Remi Walter

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Sporting Kansas City had a major loss this past offseason, as former defensive midfielder Ilie Sánchez departed for LAFC. The Spaniard was a staple in Head Coach Peter Vermes’ midfield, and his absence has been felt so far this year. Look for Lodeiro, who is in his best form since before his injury-riddled 2021, to dictate the tempo in the final third and spring Morris and Cristian Roldan in behind on the wings.

Nouhou vs. Johnny Russell

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Nouhou has established himself as one of the league’s best left backs, and he’ll need another strong performance on Saturday. Russell, SKC’s 32-year-old Scottish winger, leads the team with five goals. He has six career goals against the Sounders in six matches, including a goal in three straight contests. With Designated Player forward Alan Pulido out for the season, SKC relies heavily on Russell for goals and offensive chance-creation. If Nouhou & Co. can keep him quiet, there’s a legitimate chance the Sounders grab another three points at home.

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