MLS Preview: Seattle Sounders - New England Revolution

Two of the worst offenses in Major League Soccer meet, with each side desperate for goals and points.
Seattle Sounders (4-4-2): Gspurning; Yedlin, Traore, Hurtado, Gonzalez; Rosales, Alonso, Joseph, Zakuani; Ochoa, Johnson.


OUT: Patrick Ianni (R foot fracture)
New England Revolution (4-4-1-1): Reis; Farrell, Soares, Goncalves, Tierney; Nguyen, Cisse, Simms, Smith; Toja; Bengtson.


OUT: Saer Sene (L ACL tear) 

QUESTIONABLE: Matt Reis (L knee inflamation), Kelyn Rowe (R hamstring tightness/L knee irritation), Juan Toja (L knee irritation)
  • Seattle was knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday, losing 2-1 on aggregate to Santos Laguna.
  • The Sounders are currently last in the Western Conference and MLS overall, with just one point from four matches. The Revolution occupy the equivalent spot in the East, though in a tie.
  • New England has scored just one goal in four games this season, the lowest total in Major League Soccer. Seattle is tied for the second-lowest total, netting just twice. The figures for quality attempts by these two sides are similar to those for goals. New England's 32 shots and 10 shots on goal are the lowest totals in MLS, and Seattle's 14 shots on goal is tied for second-lowest.
  • New England defender Kevin Alston went on an indefinite leave of absence earlier this week. The fullback was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia.
  • These teams met just once last year, splitting the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Gillette Stadium on June 30.