The Sounders will again be without Clint Dempsey as they face a Crew side off to a 2-0-0 start under new coach Gregg Berhalter.
It's an imposing trip for Columbus, but one softened by the fact that Sounders captain Clint Dempsey will be sidelined while finishing his two-game suspension. The teams will kick off at 10 p.m. Saturday on MLS Live.
After opening the season with a 3-0 win over D.C. United, Columbus rode Bernardo Anor's brace to a 2-1 win against an improved Philadelphia Union side last weekend. With center backs Michael Parkhurst and Giancarlo Gonzalez and goalkeeper Steve Clark anchoring a revamped defense, and Anor and Federico Higuain still sparking the attack, the Crew look like a team that could return to the playoffs after a two-year absence.
The Sounders, on the other hand, split two tough home games to start 2014 — defeating Sporting Kansas City and falling to Toronto FC — before winning 2-0 at the Montreal Impact. After going with a 4-4-2 against Kansas City and a 4-2-3-1 against Toronto, Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on Saturday figures to again use the 4-3-3 that defeated Montreal.
After sitting out against Montreal, Seattle midfielder Brad Evans (calf) figures to return to the lineup. Columbus midfielder Daniel Paladini (knee) is again out.