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Sounders FC

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March 15, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Sounders FC vs. Toronto FC, pregame

Back at CenturyLink Field for another highly anticipated game.

The NBC Sports Network cameras are here again as Sounders FC is set to host Toronto FC here at 1:30 p.m.

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Seattle, which is looking to start 2-0 for the third time in franchise history, doesn’t have too many injury questions coming in as Leo Gonzalez (groin) and Tristan Bowen (quad) aren’t expected to be available.

We’ll see if TFC coach Ryan Nelsen does, in fact, alter his squad due to the artificial turf as a few of the team’s stars are just getting back from injury.

The Sounders lead the head-to-head series 6-1-1, having won five straight.

I’ll post lineups below when they become available.

Sounders FC lineup: GK Stefan Frei, D DeAndre Yedlin, D Chad Marshall, D Djimi Traore, D Dylan Remick, M Brad Evans, M Osvaldo Alonso, M Lamar Neagle, M Clint Dempsey, M Marco Pappa, F Obafemi Martins

Sounders FC bench: GK Marcus Hahnemann, D Jalil Anibaba, M Gonzalo Pineda, M Andy Rose, F Chad Barrett, F/M Sean Okoli, F Kenny Cooper

Toronto FC lineup: GK Julio Cesar, D Mark Bloom, D Steven Caldwell, D Doneil Henry, D Justin Morrow, M Jackson, M Michael Bradley, M Jonathan Osorio, M Alvaro Rey, F Jermain Defoe, F Dwayne De Rosario

Toronto FC bench: GK Joe Bendik, M Kyle Bekker, D Nick Hagglund, D Ashtone Morgan, D Bradley Orr, D Ryan Richter, F Andrew Wiedeman

NOTE: Only one change for the Sounders as Clint Dempsey replaces Kenny Cooper in the lineup. Why Cooper? Well, coach Sigi Schmid indicated the team will go with a 4-2-3-1 formation, which would mean Cooper would have to be out wide — not his preferred spot. Marco Pappa and Lamar Neagle would appear to be better wingers. Interesting to see just one defender on the bench, the versatile Jalil Anibaba. Gonzalo Pineda is on the bench today for the first time.

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