Sounders FC Players Among All-Star First XI Favorites
Seattle Sounders FC players remain among the frontrunners among the public vote for the First XI in the MLS All-Star Game. According to MLSnet.com, goalkeeper Kasey Keller owns a sizeable lead in the overall vote, and midfielder Freddie Ljungberg is No. 2. In all, eight Seattle players are among the leading vote-pullers. That group includes forward Fredy Montero, midfielders Steve Zakuani and Osvaldo Alonso, and defenders Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Tyrone Marshall. Forward Nate Jaqua, midfielder Brad Evans and defender James Riley are all in close contention.
Speaking of Open Cup: Le Toux
When it comes to matches related to the U.S. Open Cup, Sebastien Le Toux is prolific. Le Toux sparked Sounders FC with two goals and two assists in a 4-1 U.S. Open Cup Play-In win over Real Salt Lake on April 28. In both 2007 and 2008 while playing for the USL-1 Sounders, Le Toux was the Open Cup goals leader, with five each season.
Cup Format Notes
If any U.S. Open Cup play-in game is tied at the end of regulation, a 30-minute extra time period (consisting of two 15-minute halves) shall be played in its entirety. If the score is still tied at the end of the 30-minute extra time period, the game shall be decided by a penalty kick tiebreaker. Teams are limited to five foreign players on the 18-player match roster.
Four Now on IR
With the addition of Michael Fucito last week, Seattle now has four players on the disabled list. Defender Taylor Graham sustained a fractured third metatarsal of his right foot during training on May 27 and was placed on the IR later that week. He is now eligible to return to league play. Graham was in uniform for four league games, and he started and played the full 90 minutes of an April 28 U.S. Open Cup Play-In game. Forward Jarrod Smith and goalkeeper Chris Eylander had been placed on IR earlier. Both are also eligible to be activated.
Zach Scott, who has missed the last seven games with a partial tear of an abdominal muscle, is now participating in full training. Of the 26 players on the roster, all but midfielders Lamar Neagle, Michael Fucito and goalkeeper Terry Boss have been used during the MLS and USOC play-in and tournament games played to date.