Expected starters for Seatte: GK Keller, defenders Scott, Marshall, Hurtado, Riley, midfielders Nyassi (or Zakuani), Alonso, Evans, Le Toux, forwards Jaqua, Montero.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC – OUT: DF Taylor Graham (left sesamoid fracture);
GK Chris Eylander (right knee PCL sprain); MF Peter Vagenas (knee surgery);
PROBABLE: MF Freddie Ljungberg (left hip); MF Sanna Nyassi (L
REAL SALT LAKE – OUT: FW Luis Miguel Escalada (R ankle sprain); DF Ian
Joy (L hamstring strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Robbie Russell (R rotator cuff
surgery); PROBABLE: DF Tony Beltran (L hamstring strain); FW Robbie
Findley (L quadriceps strain); FW Tino Nuñez (R meniscus surgery).
*Sigi Schmid owns a perfect 5-0-0 career coaching record in March.
Following the Sounders FC season-opening win over New York, his
teams have scored first in four of those victories and shut out the opposition
three times. A year ago, Schmid guided Columbus to wins in six of
the Crew’s first seven matches.
*Real Salt Lake rookie M Raphael Cox will be making a homecoming
this weekend, as the University of Washington standout was born and
raised in nearby Tacoma.
*Kasey Keller, the native son who starts in goal for Sounders FC,
remains perfect in Seattle during his professional career. He made two
saves to earn the shutout versus New York, extending his personal
scoreless string to 360 minutes in the city.
His only previous seattle appearances were as keeper for the U.S.
National team. All were shutout victories: Honduras (4-0, Safeco Field,
2002), Venezuela (2-0, Seahawks Stadium, 2003) and Canada (2-0,
Qwest Field, 2005).