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July 20, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Sounders FC vs. Manchester United, pregame and lineups

man utd 2011.JPGThe hype around this one has been building for a week. It’s just about time to get this friendly going and, yes, that is a grass surface in case you forgot.

Manchester United beat New England 4-1 last week and faces Chicago in a few days. It’ll be interesting to see how many of the stars see the field and for how long. I can’t imagine any of the big names (Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, etc.) will get more than 45 minutes.

Same goes for the Sounders, which I expect to field close to starting lineup at kickoff. The reserves — and Tanzanian trialist Mrisho Ngassa — will likely cycle through in the second half. There aren’t many stats to mention in the buildup. United is 1-1 in games here (including a 3-0 loss to the NASL Sounders in 1982 and a 4-0 exhibition win against Celtic in 2003). I’ll post the lineups here when they become available.

Sounders FC starting lineup: GK Kasey Keller, D James Riley, D Jeff Parke, D Patrick Ianni, D Leo Gonzalez, M Osvaldo Alonso, M Erik Friberg, M Alvaro Fernandez, M Mauro Rosales, F Fredy Montero, F Roger Levesque

Sounders FC bench: GK Terry Boss, GK Josh Ford, M Servando Carrasco, M David Estrada, M Brad Evans, F Mike Fucito, D Taylor Graham, D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, F Nate Jaqua, M Miguel Montano, M Lamar Neagle, F/M Pat Noonan, D Zach Scott, M Mike Seamon, D Michael Tetteh, F O’Brian White, M Mrisho Ngassa

Manchester United starting lineup: GK Anders Lindegaard, D Patrice Evra, D Rio Ferdinand, D Nemanja Vidic, D Rafael De Silva, M Nani, M Anderson, M Ryan Giggs, F Michael Owen, F Ashley Young, F Federico Macheda

Manchester United bench: GK David De Gea, GK Ben Amos, D Phil Jones, F Wayne Rooney, D Chris Smalling, M Ji-Sung Park, F Danny Welbeck, D Fabio Da Silva, D Jonny Evans, M Gabriel Obertan, F Mame Biram Diouf, M Tom Cleverly

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