Seattle (4-9-3, 15 points) represents a tricky challenge for the upstart Revolution (7-4-6, 27 points), who have continued to produce on offense but remain porous on defense.
The Sounders have been dreadfully inconsistent all season; though their team contains plenty of talent, they’ve yet to string together positive results and have been doomed to the bottom half of the Western Conference standings.
Seattle is 2-5-1 in road matches and has scored just 15 goals this season.
Players to watch
Teal Bunbury will be the player to watch from the Revolution’s perspective. He has 10 goals on the season – tied for fourth-most in Major League Soccer.
Bunbury has paired well in the attack with Diego Fagundez and Cristian Penilla. He’s been opportunistic in the box as well, boasting one of the best shots to goals ratios in the league.
That said, Seattle, for all its faults, has a miserly back line. The Sounders have conceded just 22 times this season, giving them the fifth-best defensive record in MLS.
Meanwhile, the Revolution will need to guard Sounders midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro. The Uruguayan has one goal and five assists – the most on his club – and serves as his team’s playmaker.
Head to Head
Saturday will mark the 15th meeting all-time between the Sounders and Revolution.
New England leads the all-time series between the two teams at 5-4-5. New England is also 4-1-1 against the Sounders at Gillette Stadium.
The Revolution gave up a three-goal lead and allowed the Sounders to rally for a 3-3 draw in the teams’ last meeting, which came on April 29, 2017 in Seattle.
Seattle Starting XI: GK: Stefan Frei — Jordan McCrary, Kim Kee-hee, Chad Marshall, Waylon Francis — Cristian Roldan, Osvaldo Alonso — Alex Roldan, Nicolas Lodeiro, Magnus Wolff Eikrem — Clint Dempsey
New England Starting XI: GK: Matt Turner — Andrew Farrell, Antonio Delamea, Jalil Anibaba, Claude Dielna — Luis Caicedo, Wilfried Zahibo — Krisztian Nemeth, Diego Fagundez, Cristian Penilla — Teal Bunbury
Expected kick-off: 7:30 p.m.
Forecast: 75 °, sunny
Officials: Referee: Nima Saghafi; Assistant Referees: Jose Da Silva, Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho; 4th Official: Silviu Petrescu; VAR: Alan Kelly