Early game, so preview is now. BTW Everton is sitting in a suite right above me to the right. They were busy snapping photos of each other when Travis “Pronk” Hafner hit 2-run HR for Cleveland. Now Ben Francisco went yard for CLE and the Toffees aren’t even around anymore.
REFEREE: Baldomero Toledo. SAR (bench): David Bragg; JAR (opposite): Jeff Hosking; 4th: Alejandro Mariscal
INJURY REPORT: SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC – OUT: GK Chris Eylander (L medial knee bone bruise); DF Taylor Graham (R metatarsal fracture); MF Michael Fucito (R foot sesamoiditis); PROBABLE: DF Patrick Ianni (L toe bruise) … CHICAGO FIRE – OUT: FW Brian McBride (R shoulder surgery); PROBABLE: MF Marco Pappa (R knee sprain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: SEA: Brad Evans (USA; CONCACAF Gold Cup) .. CHI: Gonzalo Segares (CRC; CONCACAF Gold Cup); Logan Pause (USA, CONCACAF Gold Cup)
SUSPENDED: CHI: Bakary Soumare (yellow card accumulation; through July 25)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: CHI: Tim Ward… SEA: Brad Evans, Freddie Ljungberg
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: SEA: Osvaldo Alonso, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Nate Jaqua, Tyrone Marshall, James Riley, Peter Vagenas. CHI: Chris Rolfe, John Thorrington
-Midfielder Stephen King played for Fire during his MLS rookie season in 2008 and he was selected by Seattle in the expansion draft.
-Forward Nate Jaqua played his first four pro seasons in Chicago (2003-06).
-The Fire’s Brandon Prideaux, a Seattle area native, played for the
University of Washington and the USL-1 sounders as a rookie in 1998. Prideaux, 32, announced in June that he will retire at the end of the 2009
season and join the Huskies as an assistant coach.
-Sebastien Le Toux remains the only player to have appeared in each MLS match, starting 11. He came off the bench in the 56th minute against Houston. Le Toux has also played in each Open Cup play-in and tournament game. James Riley leads the team in minutes played (1388), just ahead of Kasey Keller (1379) and Nate Jaqua (1375).