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Welcome back to CenturyLink Field. It’s been a while.
Kickoff here in Sounders FC’s season opener is set for 7:30 p.m. against the Montreal Impact.
There are a few personnel issues to address. Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (red card in last year’s playoff finale) and defender Marc Burch (three-game suspension) are each out tonight.
Defender Adam Johansson (knee strain) and midfielder Shalrie Joseph (calf strain) are also battling injuries.
Also, note that the Christian Tiffert buyout is now official.
Seattle’s is 3-1 in season openers all-time, all of which were played here, with a 8-2 goal differential. Goal scorers have been Fredy Montero (three), David Estrada (three) and Brad Evans (two).
I’ll post lineups below when they become available…
Sounders FC lineup: GK Michael Gspurning, D DeAndre Yedlin, D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, D Zach Scott, D Leo Gonzalez, M Mario Martinez, M Andy Rose, M Brad Evans, M Steve Zakuani, F Mauro Rosales, F Eddie Johnson
Sounders FC bench: GK Marcus Hahnemann, M Servando Carrasco, M Alex Caskey, F Sammy Ochoa, D Dylan Remick, D Djimi Traore, D Eriq Zavaleta
Montreal lineup: GK Troy Perkins, D Jeb Brovsky, D Matteo Ferrari, D Alessandro Nesta, D Hassoun Camara, M Patrice Bernier, M Justin Mapp, M Felipe Martins, M Davy Arnaud, M Andrea Pisanu, F Marco Di Vaio
Montreal bench: GK Evan Bush, D Dennis Iapichino, D Calum Mallace, M Collen Warner, M Sanna Nyassi, F Andrew Wenger, F Andres Romero
NOTE: No Joseph, Johansson or Lamar Neagle (ex-Impact player) available for Seattle. Ex-Sounder Sanna Nyassi is on the bench for Montreal.