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August 31, 2013 9:10 PM EDT
Columbus Crew Stadium — Columbus, Ohio
Referee:‬ I. Elfath‎
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MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Seattle Sounders

Clint Dempsey will look for his first goal in a Sounders uniform as Seattle travels to face a Crew side without Federico Higuain.

By Thomas Floyd

Clint Dempsey, United States, Mexico
Brad White
Clint Dempsey may not have opened his Seattle Sounders scoring account yet, but his new club is churning along just fine going into its trip to take on the Columbus Crew on Saturday.

With four wins in their past five matches, including a 1-0 Cascadia Cup triumph over the Portland Timbers last weekend, the Sounders (11-8-4) have played their way into playoff positioning. The Crew (8-12-5), on the other hand, are just 3-7-0 in their past 10 as they continue to fade from the Eastern Conference postseason hunt.

Columbus will be missing playmaker Federico Higuain for the first match of a two-game suspension, putting even more of the offensive load on speedy midfielder-forward Dominic Oduro (nine goals). The Sounders, meanwhile, seem poised to again be without striker Obafemi Martins (ankle).

Although Seattle finds itself tied with FC Dallas for the final playoff spot in the West (with three games in hand), Columbus is seven points out in the East.

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28Matt LampsonGoalkeeper
3Josh WilliamsDefender
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14Chad MarshallDefender
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20William TrappMidfielder
24A. VianaDefender
9Justin MeramMidfielder
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19J. ArrietaStriker
26Ryan FinleyStriker
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17DeAndre YedlinDefender
34Jhon Kennedy HurtadoDefender
20Zach ScottDefender
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24Marcus HahnemannGoalkeeper
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6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
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4 3
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Columbus Crew
4 2
Bradley Wright-Phillips Bradley Wright-Phillips
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New York Red Bulls
4 1