Of course right when I’m taking the picture the Sounders FC flag decides to stop waving. Oh well, on a cool Thursday evening defending champion Real Salt Lake comes to town for a nationally televised game against Seattle at Qwest Field.
Both teams should be highly motivated to get the three points. The visitors are in the hunt for the Supporters’ Shield and Sounders FC needs to get a result for its playoff chances. It’s been a while since these teams played (remember that heartbreaking draw in the third game of the season?) but I expect a good one here.
We’ll see how personnel issues affect each team. Seattle’s mainstay at right back, James Riley, is out with a sprained ankle. Blaise Nkufo has also been troubled with a knee injury. On the other side, forward Fabian Espindola is banged up for Salt Lake and all-star defender Jamison Olave is suspended.
I’ll have lineups here when they become available. What are you looking forward to in this one?
Sounders FC starting lineup: GK Kasey Keller, D Zach Scott, D Jeff Parke, D Patrick Ianni, D Leo Gonzalez, M Osvaldo Alonso, M Nathan Sturgis, M Alvaro Fernandez, M Steve Zakuani, F Nate Jaqua, F Fredy Montero
Sounders FC reserves: GK Terry Boss, D Tyson Wahl, D Tyrone Marshall, M Mike Seamon, M Sanna Nyassi, F/M Roger Levesque, F/M Mike Fucito
Real Salt Lake starting lineup: GK Kyle Reynish, D Tony Beltran, D Nat Borchers, D Chris Schuler, D Chris Wingert, M Nelson Gonzalez, M Kyle Beckerman, M Javier Morales, M Andy Williams, F Robbie Findley, F Alvaro Saborio
Real Salt Lake reserves: GK Nick Rimando, M Jean Alexandre, F Paulo Araujo Jr., F Pablo Campos, M Will Johnson, D Robbie Russell, M Collen Warner