It's the marquee match-up of the season so far as Columbus Crew hosts Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday night at Lower.com Field (5:30 p.m. ET, FOX, 97.1 FM The Fan).

Seattle returns to Columbus for the first time since the 2020 MLS Cup Final, which saw the Crew win, 3-0. Columbus has won three of its last four home matches against Seattle (L1), scoring three goals in each win.

While the defending MLS Cup champions enter on a five-match losing skid, the first-place Sounders have won six of their last eight away matches (D1 L1) including the last three in a row. This is Seattle’s second three-match away winning streak of the season, though it hasn’t won four straight on the road since July-September 2018.

As for Seattle's standout player at the moment, Raúl Ruidíaz has scored a league-high 14 goals this season, setting a career regular season-high in MLS. Only two players have scored 15 goals in a single regular season for Seattle: Obafemi Martins (17 in 2014, 15 in 2015) and Clint Dempsey (15 in 2014).

Saturday's match is presented by OhioHealth as part of Youth Soccer Night at Lower.com Field.

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