UPDATE 6:14 p.m. — It appears that Bryan Meredith isn’t around. The three other goalkeepers — Kasey Keller, Terry Boss and Josh Ford — are currently warming up with GK coach Tommy Dutra. I’ll try to track down an answer.
Welcome back to Qwest Field! For the first time since Halloween night, I believe, Sounders FC is back on the home pitch. This will be the final preseason game before the start of the 2011 MLS regular season as the home opener is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Seattle is 4-4-2 in preseason at this point, but can claim just one win in the last five against MLS opponents. That win, if you remember, came on a last-gasp winner by rookie midfielder Servando Carrasco in the 120th minute against Chicago. Here’s a last chance to get things right.
Tonight two former Sounders will be coming back to visit old friends: defender Tyrone Marshall (the team’s ’09 defender of the year, departed via the re-entry draft) and midfielder Sanna Nyassi (taken in the expansion draft).
I’ll post lineups here when they become official, but there’s no reason not to expect the starting squad we’ve become used to in preseason.
Sounders FC starting lineup: GK Kasey Keller, D James Riley, D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, D Jeff Parke, D Leo Gonzalez, M Alvaro Fernandez, M Osvaldo Alonso, M Brad Evans, M Steve Zakuani, F Fredy Montero, F Blaise Nkufo
Colorado Rapids starting lineup: GK Matt Pickens, D Kosuke Kimura, D Drew Moor, D Marvell Wynne, D Anthony Wallace, M Pablo Mastroeni, M Jeff Larentowicz, M Jamie Smith, M Brian Mullan, F Omar Cummings, F Conor Casey
Sounders FC reserves: GK Terry Boss, GK Josh Ford, M Servando Carrasco, M/F David Estrada, D Taylor Graham, D Patrick Ianni, M/D Roger Levesque, M/F Miguel Montano, M/F Lamar Neagle, M/F Pat Noonan, D Zach Scott, D Tyson Wahl, F O’Brian White, M Erik Friberg, M/D Michael Tetteh
Colorado Rapids reserves: GK Steward Ceus, F Andre Akpan, F Quincy Amarikwa, M Joseph Nane, M Ross LaBauex, D Tyrone Marshall, M Sanna Nyassi, D Scott Palguta, M Wells Thompson