NEW YORK RED BULLS (6-7-1; 19 POINTS) VS. SEATTLE SOUNDERS (5-7-1; 13 POINTS)
4:30 p.m. Sunday, Red Bull Arena; Harrison, New Jersey
TV: FS1. Radio: 97.3-FM.
Head to head: The Sounders lead 4-3-3 overall, including a 2-1 win last season in Seattle. The Red Bulls have won the last three meetings at home. This is the only scheduled meeting.
Notes: Due to the MLS break for Copa America, the Red Bulls’ last league match was May 28, while the Sounders’ previous MLS match was June 1. … Both teams played Open Cup matches last week. … New York has won three straight MLS games, all by shutout. Seattle is coming off of a 2-0 win at D.C. United. … The Red Bulls are 2-3-5 at home. The Sounders are 1-4-1 away. … New York is led by Bradley Wright-Phillips (eight goals) and Sacha Kljestan (10 assists). Seattle leaders are Jordan Morris (five goals) and Andreas Ivanschitz (three assists). … Seattle forward Clint Dempsey is away with the United States national team. However, forward Nelson Valdez is back from duty with the Paraguay national team. Chad Marshall and Zach Scott appeared healthy again last week after recovering from injuries suffered before the break. … These teams are tied for the fewest draws in MLS. … The assigned referee is Chris Penso.
Quote: “They were a team dominated probably by a huge presence in (Thierry) Henry, and the superstar influences that they’ve had in the past. (Now) they’ve really changed their mentality from the standpoint of ‘OK, we’re no longer going to be a club of superstars. We’re going to be roll your sleeves up and we’re going to play good soccer, and we’re going to try to get results that way.’” — Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on the Red Bulls under coach Jesse Marsch.
Next: New York City FC makes its inaugural visit to Seattle at 2 p.m. Saturday. CenturyLink Field will be opened to full capacity.