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May 21, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Sounders FC vs. Sporting Kansas City, pregame and lineups

kc home.JPGNot a lot of hype heading into this one. The press box is considerably quieter than last week. But the three points mean just the same in the standings and they could be even more important tonight for Sounders FC considering the disappointing 1-1 tie against Portland.

Seattle has had good success against Kansas City in the past at 4-1 head-to-head in all competitions. The visitors could, however, get a boost this week in the return of designated player Omar Bravo from injury.

Either way, nothing less than a win will be acceptable for the Sounders. All signs indicated that midfielders Mauro Rosales and Erik Friberg will be available, but we’ll get final confirmation between 6-6:15 p.m.

Sounders FC starting lineup: GK Kasey Keller, D James Riley, D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, D Jeff Parke, D Tyson Wahl, M Osvaldo Alonso, M Servando Carrasco, M Alvaro Fernandez, M Mauro Rosales, F Fredy Montero, F Roger Levesque

Sounders FC reserves: GK Terry Boss, D Zach Scott, D Patrick Ianni, M Erik Friberg, F Nate Jaqua, F Mike Fucito, M/F Lamar Neagle

Sporting Kansas City starting lineup: GK Jimmy Nielsen, D Roger Espinoza, D Aurelien Collin, D Matt Besler, D Michael Harrington, M Craig Rocastle, M Davy Arnaud, M Ryan Smith, M Omar Bravo, M Kei Kamara, F Teal Bunbury

Sporting Kansas City reserves: GK Eric Kronberg, F Birahim Diop, D Chance Myers, D Julio Cesar, F C.J. Sapong, D Luke Sassano, M Graham Zusi

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