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The defending MLS Cup champions, Columbus Crew, travel to the North-West where the Seattle Sounders will be waiting. The Sounders coach, Sigi Schmid, left the Crew last season to coach in Seattle. This will be the first meeting between the two teams. On one side the Sounder's keeper, Casey Keller, leads the MLS with a 0.60 goals-against average. On the other side the Crew's captain, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, is tied for the league lead with six goals this season.