Man, I miss the 90-degree weather in Seattle and Southern California is cool and windy — just my luck. Either way, I’ve set up camp here at the Home Depot Center and I’m fairly confident Chivas USA goalkeeper Zach Thornton was in the car behind me on the drive in.
We’ve got a big match tonight (but aren’t they all?). Sounders FC went 0-2-1 against Chivas USA last season and didn’t score a goal in any of the three MLS games. For tonight, Steve Zakuani didn’t travel so expect to see DP midfielder Alvaro Fernandez get the call on the left.
If you remember five weeks back, this was the location of Seattle’s last competitive loss, a 3-1 defeat to the Galaxy on the Fourth of July. Since then DPs have come and gone, and the season has turned around.
I’ll post the starting lineups here when they become available…
Sounders FC starters: GK Kasey Keller, D James Riley, D Jeff Parke, D Patrick Ianni, D Leo Gonzalez, M Osvaldo Alonso, M Nathan Sturgis, M Sanna Nyassi, M Alvaro Fernandez, F Fredy Montero, F Blaise Nkufo
Sounders FC reserves: GK Terry Boss, D Zach Scott, D Tyrone Marshall, M Michael Seamon, M Miguel Montano, M Roger Levesque, F Nate Jaqua
Chivas USA starters: GK Thornton, D Trujillo, D Delgado, D Umana, D Jazic, M Espinoza, M Lahoud, M Nagamura, M Romero, F Braun, F Gordon
Chivas USA reserves: GK Patrick Guppy, D Jonathan Bornstein, M Carlos Borja, M Marcelo Saragosa, M Ben Zemanski, M Jesus Padilla, F Giancarlo Maldonado