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August 31, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Today’s Sounders FC practice

The team went to George Mason University in the DC area for practice today after arrival, and the sessin wrapped up about an hour ago.
Defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado won’t play, as has been mentioned, because he is suspended. Tyrone Marshall has a strained right hamstring. Brad Evans has a shin bruise but is expected to be available. Nate Jaqua is fine.
Practice tomorrow is at RFK Stadium at about 1 p.m. our time.
We will see one new starter, likely Patrick Ianni. Could have two if Marshall can’t play. I don’t see the team making any other changes because there is no game this weekend, so everyone goes all out.
Read the league’s advance of the match:

Defending U.S. Open Cup champions D.C. United host the Seattle Sounders FC at RFK Stadium. Seattle Sounders FC are looking to become the first MLS expansion team to win the U.S. Open Cup since the Chicago Fire achieved the feat in 1998. D.C. United has won two previous U.S. Open Cup Championships, while Seattle will be looking for its first major trophy as an MLS club.
Both teams are currently vying for spots in the MLS Cup Playoffs. D.C. United needs points in League competition, but also wants to add to an impressive trophy case that already includes 12 major domestic and international titles, so they likely will not take this game for granted. Including the U.S. Open Cup final, United will play three games in seven days, a grueling stretch that will test their skills, dedication and emotions.
Sounders FC do not play another MLS Regular Season game until Sept. 12, so they likely will press United and look to capture their first title since joining MLS this season.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation’s national championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. Dating back to 1914, it is the oldest national annual tournament for team sports in the United States and among the oldest soccer tournaments of its type in the world. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor long-time soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

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