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It’s a beautiful day here at CenturyLink Field.
The sun is out. The grass is installed. The upper deck is open. The tifo is being prepared. Cascadia Cup action at its best, with more than 50,000 people expected.
A lot of anticipation is growing for Tuesday’s qualifier, especially with the U.S. national team set to be in attendance, but tonight’s should be an interesting one, too. The absences will weigh heavy on the Sounders, with Eddie Johnson, Brad Evans, Mario Martinez, Osvaldo Alonso, Steve Zakuani and Shalrie Joseph out.
Vancouver is looking for its first Cascadia Cup win since joining MLS (0-6-5) and is coming off a big road win in New York.
I’ll post lineups here when they become available.
Sounders FC lineup: GK Michael Gspurning, D DeAndre Yedlin, D Zach Scott, D Djimi Traore, D Leo Gonzalez, M Mauro Rosales, M Servando Carrasco, M Andy Rose, M Alex Caskey, F Lamar Neagle, F Obafemi Martins
Sounders FC bench: GK Marcus Hahnemann, D Marc Burch, D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, D Patrick Ianni, M Philip Lund, F/M David Estrada, F Sammy Ochoa
Whitecaps lineup: GK Brad Knighton; D Lee Young-Pyo, D Andy O’Brien, D Johnny Leveron, D Jordan Harvey; M Nigel Reo-Coker, M Jun Marques Davidson, M Matt Watson; F Russell Teibert, F Camilo, F Kenny Miller
Whitecaps bench: GK Joe Cannon, M Daigo Kobayashi, F Erik Hurtado, F Kekuta Manneh, F Corey Hertzog, F Tommy Heinemann, D Greg Klazura
NOTES: This, of course, is Sounders FC’s 18th different starting lineup in 18 games. Carrasco gets a seventh-straight start, eight in all competitions. Scott stays in the lineup in place of Hurtado and Ianni. Not a lot of options on the bench.