CARSON, Calif.—Welcome to the StubHub Center, where it’s a beautiful-but-windy Saturday evening here.
The anticipation for this one has already taken a blow as we learned this afternoon that Sounders FC’s Clint Dempsey didn’t make the trip due to a hamstring injury. There is another star on injury watch as L.A.’s Landon Donovan was just undergoing a pregame fitness test and he tries to get back from an ankle injury.
Brad Evans is another one to watch, as he made the trip after missing three games with a calf strain.
It seems Seattle might have some fans around the league as a Galaxy defeat would help the playoff causes of teams like Vancouver, Colorado and some others.
Of course winning here hasn’t come easily for Seattle, having gone 0-5-1 since 2010 (outscored 13-2). The last visit in May resulted in a 4-0 whipping.
I’ll post lineups here when they become available.
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Sounders FC lineup: GK Michael Gspurning, D DeAndre Yedlin, D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, D Zach Scott, D Leo Gonzalez, M Mauro Rosales, M Osvaldo Alonso, M Andy Rose, M Lamar Neagle, F Obafemi Martins, F Eddie Johnson
Sounders FC bench: GK Marcus Hahnemann, D Djimi Traore, D Marc Burch, M Brad Evans, M Adam Moffat, M Steve Zakuani, F David Estrada
LA Galaxy lineup: GK Jaime Penedo; D Sean Franklin, D Omar Gonzalez, D Leonardo, D Todd Dunivant; M Hector Jimenez, M Juninho, M Marcelo Sarvas, M Gyasi Zardes; F Jose Villarreal, F Robbie Keane
LA Galaxy bench: GK Brian Rowe, D Kofi Opare, M Pablo Mastroeni, M Michael Stephens, M Rafael Garcia, M Laurent Courtois, F Jack McBean
NOTES: Landon Donovan not even able to make the bench for the Galaxy, so both teams will be without a big star. Steve Zakuani returns to the bench for the Sounders after missing the past five months (21 games). He was last available April 20 against Colorado. Brad Evans returns, but on the bench. This is Seattle’s 32nd lineups in 33 games in all competitions.