Checking in from Qwest Field. A beautiful day here in Seattle, we’ll see if the Sounders’ fortunes will be brighter after this big match. The home side has very little margin for error the rest of the way and performing well here is a must.
Some notes going into this one:
— Sounders FC defender Leo Gonzalez is suspended due to yellow card accumulation. It’s the second suspension for a Seattle player this season following the red card to Miguel Montano last home game against Dallas. Actually third if you remember James Riley missing the opener.
— This will likely mark the MLS debut of designated player Blaise Nkufo. He did play in the Celtic friendly, but this one counts.
— Sigi Schmid is 3-1-1 coaching head-to-head against Rapids coach Gary Smith.
— Colorado is 0-47-16 in the last four season after conceding the first goal.
I’ll post lineups here when they become available. I’ve predicted a 2-1 win for Seattle in this one, what do you think?
Sounders FC lineup: GK Kasey Keller, D James Riley, D Jeff Parke, D Patrick Ianni, D Zach Scott, M Osvaldo Alonso, M Nathan Sturgis, M Sanna Nyassi, M Steve Zakuani, F Fredy Montero, F Blaise Nkufo
Sounders FC reserves: GK Terry Boss, D Tyson Wahl, D Tyrone Marshall, M Michael Seamon, F Nate Jaqua, M Miguel Montano, F Roger Levesque
Colorado Rapids lineup: GK Matt Pickens, D Julien Baudet, D Marvell Wynne, D Drew Moor, D Danny Earls, M Omar Cummings, M Pablo Mastroeni, M Mehdi Ballouchy, M Jeff Larentowicz, M Jamie Smith, F Conor Casey
Colorado Rapids reserves: GK Ian Joyce, M Colin Clark, D Kosuke Kimura, F Claudio Lopez, M Wells Thompson, F Quincy Amarikwa, D Scott Palguta
Pat Noonan is a late scratch with an adductor strain.