SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (4-2-5; 17 pts.) AT CHIVAS USA (7-2-3; 24 pts.)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
TV: KONG-6/16. Radio: 97.3 FM (in Spanish on 1210 AM).
Head to head: Chivas won, 2-0, at home on April 18. Chivas visits Seattle on Sept. 19.
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Statistical leaders: For Seattle, G 4 Fredy Montero; A 4 Nate Jaqua; Sh 30 Montero; SOG 8 Montero. For Chivas, G 4 Eduardo Lillingston/Paulo Nagamura; A 4 Gerson Mayen; Sh 22 Lillingston; SOG 10 Sacha Kljestan/Lillingston.
Coach Sigi Schmid scouting report: “(Maykel) Galindo is back up front, so that gives them some pace. … They’re very good at taking the foul at opportune moments. … They have a good understanding defensively that makes them tough to break down. And (goalkeeper) Zach Thornton is having a very good year.”
Notes: Chivas is the MLS points leader but is 0-1-2 over the last three games. Seattle has drawn five straight games. … Thornton leads MLS with six shutouts; Seattle’s Kasey Keller has the MLS’ best goals-against average (0.64). … Chivas leads the league in penalties, while Montero is the individual leader in penalties drawn. … Chivas is without Jonathan Bomstein and Sacha Kljestan because of their duties with the U.S. national team. Chivas’ Jesse Marsch and Seattle’s Tyrone Marshall are out due to suspensions. … Chivas is coached by former Tacoma Stars standout Preki. … Galindo played two seasons with the USL Sounders.
Next: 7:30 June 13, vs. San Jose, Qwest Field.
Don Ruiz, The News Tribune