Happy Fourth of July everyone and welcome to Rio Tinto Stadium on a beautiful evening here in Sandy, Utah.
The Sounders face Real Salt Lake here tonight in a 7 p.m. kickoff. A couple months ago this would’ve been a marquee matchup, but both teams have struggled mightily of late. Seattle, as we know, is in a franchise-worst eight-game winless streak and RSL has lost three in a row for the first time since 2007.
It gets worse for the Sounders as Osvaldo Alonso is suspended due to yellow card accumulation. Fredy Montero will be back, though. For Salt Lake, Kyle Beckerman returns from suspension (yellow cards) and a number of guys are making their way back from injury.
I’ll post lineups here when they become available.
Sounders FC lineup: GK Bryan Meredith, D Zach Scott, D Jeff Parke, D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, D Leo Gonzalez, M Mauro Rosales, M Servando Carrasco, M Brad Evans, M Alvaro Fernandez, F Fredy Montero, F Eddie Johnson
Sounders FC bench: GK Josh Ford, D Marc Burch, D Patrick Ianni, M Andy Rose, M Alex Caskey, F/M Cordell Cato, F Sammy Ochoa
Real Salt Lake lineup: GK Nick Rimando, D Kenny Mansally, D Nat Borchers, D Kwame Watson-Siriboe, D Chris Wingert, M Kyle Beckerman, M Will Johnson, M Luis Gil, M Javier Morales, F Fabian Espindola, F Alvaro Saborio
Real Salt Lake bench: GK Kyle Reynish, D Jamison Olave, F Emiliano Bonfigli, M Yodany Alvarez, M Ned Grabavoy, M Jonny Steele, F Paulo Jr.