If the beer garden is busy we must be at Starfire. We’re about an hour and a half from kickoff and the crowd is trickling in. Should be a fun night here as both sides are certainly extremely motivated to win this one.
Chivas USA coach Martin Vasquez and forward Justin Braun have each said leading up to tonight that this semifinal could be the biggest game in the team’s history. Their franchise has never won a trophy.
Seattle is expected to play something resembling a first-team lineup, but Sigi Schmid usually plays his cards close to the vest. And the team has a cross-country flight to New England soon. Lastly, be sure to say happy birthday to Terry Boss.
Sounders FC starting lineup: GK Kasey Keller, D James Riley, D Tyrone Marshall, D Taylor Graham, D Leo Gonzalez, M Alvaro Fernandez, M Osvaldo Alonso, M Nathan Sturgis, M Steve Zakuani, F Nate Jaqua, F Fredy Montero
Sounders FC reserves: GK Terry Boss, D Jeff Parke, D Zach Scott, M Mike Seamon,M David Estada, M/F Roger Levesque, F Mike Fucito
Chivas USA starting lineup: GK Zach Thornton, D Michael Umana, D Mariano Trujillo, D Ante Jazic, D Dario Delgado, M Marcelo Saragosa, M Paulo Nagamura, M Rodolfo Espinoza, M Johnathan Bornstein, F Justin Braun, F Giancarlo Maldonado
Chivas USA reserves: GK Kevin Guppy, D Carlos Borja, D Yamith Cuesta, M Michael Lahoud, F Jesus Padilla, M Sal Zizzo, M Ben Zemanski