Here are some final notes in the buildup to the Manchester United game:
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— Plan to arrive early. Not only are 66,000 expected at CenturyLink Field tonight for the 7 p.m., but apparently Katy Perry as having a 7:30 p.m. concert at KeyArena in front of a sold-out crowd of 13,000. Gates for the soccer game open at 5 p.m. Here’s a transportation guide.
— There will be some activities to enjoy before kickoff. Present at the 6 p.m. March to the Match will be United legends Andy Cole and Bryan Robson, the EPL trophy and Fred The Red (mascot). Afterward the EPL trophy, along with Seattle’s two Open Cup trophies, will be on display inside the northwest gate, where other activities (games, face and hair painting, sign making, music, etc.) will also be available.
— Renowned artist Dale Chihuly will present an Emerald Spire to United officials just before kickoff, as has become tradition with Sounders FC’s friendlies. “It was a lot of fun to design and make the commemorative artwork for the Sounders FC and the visiting international teams,” said Chihuly, who has a five-year partnership with the team to do so, in a news release. “I’m a great fan of the organization and it’s a thrill to partner with them on this exciting venture.”
— The Manchester United Special Olympics Unified soccer squad (represented by Federal Way Schools) beat the Sounders FC Special Olympics Unified team 1-0 Friday at Starfire. Robson acted as honorary coach/player for United’s team. Sounders FC defender James Riley coached for Seattle.
— Here’s is Seattle’s injury report for the week: OUT: DF Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (knee MCL sprain); MF Steve Zakuani (R leg fracture); PROBABLE: FW O’Brian White (L leg surgery)