Welcome back to CenturyLink Field, where we return three days after Saturday’s Sounders-Whitecaps game. We’ll have another fun one tonight as the U.S. men’s national team hosts Panama in a long-awaited World Cup qualifier. (Look! New banners!)
It’s only been since 1976.
Kickoff is set for around 7:08 p.m., moved back from a 6:30 p.m. start time to accommodate ESPN’s doubleheader — starting at 5 p.m. with Mexico-Costa Rica.
The big story from a Sounders FC perspective is if Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson will be starting tonight. I’ll provide lineups at the bottom of this post when they become available.
Attendance will be another thing to keep an eye on as Seattle’s looks to break into the top 10 largest home crowds ever for a U.S. qualifier. That, and how the temporary grass field holds up (it looks fine right now).
I posted the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings a few days ago.
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USMNT lineup: GK Tim Howard; D Brad Evans, D Omar Gonzalez, D Matt Besler, D DaMarcus Beasley; M Michael Bradley, M Geoff Cameron; M Eddie Johnson, M Clint Dempsey (c), M Fabian Johnson; F Jozy Altidore
USMNT bench: GK Brad Guzan, GK Nick Rimando, D Clarence Goodson, D/M Edgar Castillo, M Stuart Holden, D Michael Parkhurst, M Sacha Kljestan, F Terrence Boyd, M Brad Davis, M Joe Corona