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Goal.com Breakdown: Sounders vs. Fire

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Seattle Sounders FC: In CONCACAF Champions League competition last week, the Sounders lost 2-1 to CD Marathon (Honduras) to end their nine-game unbeaten streak. Fredy Montero and Blaise Nkufo both earned assist credit on Roger Levesque's lone goal, which was Nkufo's first point as a Sounder. The Dutch league veteran may finally be getting in sync with the MLS' physical style of play and his new teammates. During the unbeaten streak, Kasey Keller and his defenders gave up a mere three goals in the nine-match stretch.

Chicago Fire: No, the player making it happen for the Fire right now is not Brian McBride, Nery Castillo, or even Freddie Ljunberg (although he is playing well). It's Calen Carr. Just two weeks ago the forward made his season debut in dramatic fashion by scoring the game winner against bitter rivals New England Revolution. He followed that performance up with another goal this past weekend in Houston, and appears to be the finisher up top the Fire has been looking for.

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Seattle: Steve Zakuani, out with a pelvic strain and did not play in the CD Marathon game in Honduras. Without last year's first round draft pick in the lineup, the Sounders missed his quickness and runs along the endline. His playing status as of mid-week is unknown. Others out with injuries include Pat Noonan, Brad Evans and Peter Vagenas. Defender Leo Gonzalez will miss the Chicago game after receiving a red card in the previous MLS match against Chivas. Schmid will once again have to juggle his lineup. The Sounders last year used 22 players in MLS competitions. In 2010, the total number of players who have featured is already at 28.


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