The tarps are off here at CenturyLink Field as we count down to tonight’s nationally televised game between Sounders FC and the Portland Timbers. Here are some notes and story lines:
— The Cascadia Cup is on the line (Portland claims it with a win or tie).
— Seattle could jump up to third place in the West with a win.
— More than 66,000 fans are expected.
— Roger Levesque will be honored pregame.
— The fan vote to retain or remove GM Adrian Hanauer starts today.
There are a lot of things to be excited about in this one, not to mention what is surely the best rivalry in the league. The Sounders are just about a full strength, so we could see a first-choice squad again.
I’ll post lineups here when they become available.
Seattle Sounders FC lineup: GK Michael Gspurning, D Adam Johansson, D Jeff Parke, D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, D Leo Gonzalez, M Mauro Rosales, M Osvaldo Alonso, M Christian Tiffert, M Brad Evans, F Fredy Montero, F Eddie Johnson
Seattle Sounders FC bench: GK Andrew Weber, D Zach Scott, D Marc Burch, M Andy Rose, M Steve Zakuani, F/M David Estrada, F Sammy Ochoa
Portland Timbers lineup: GK Donovan Ricketts, D Lovel Palmer, D David Horst, D Futty Danso, D Rodney Wallace, M Darlington Nagbe, M Jack Jewsbury, M Diego Chara, F Sal Zizzo, F Franck Songo’o, F Bright Dike
Portland Timbers bench: GK Joseph Bendik, M Eric Alexander, D Eric Brunner, F Mike Fucito, D Kosuke Kimura, F Danny Mwanga, D Steven Smith