Welcome back to CenturyLink Field, where there have been some thunderstorms in the area. Something to keep an eye on on this wet Saturday.
Seattle (2-1) is looking to match the best four-game start in franchise history against the upstart Columbus Crew, which is off to the first 2-0 start in its 19-year history.
There is one main injury question coming into the game, and that is regarding Seattle captain Brad Evans, who is recovering from a bruised left calf. Another lineup consideration will be if Leo Gonzalez is fit enough to make his first start after coming back from offseason groin surgery.
The Sounders come in with a 4-1-3 advantage against Columbus, having outscored the Crew 15-7. Two of the four hat-tricks in Seattle’s MLS history have come in the series (Blaise Nkufo in 2010 and Lamar Neagle in 2011).
Today also marks Seattle’s fourth-straight game against an East opponent, the first time the Sounders have started a season with four in a row against one conference. Due to the league’s unbalanced schedule, 24 of the team’s remaining 30 games will be against the West, starting April 5 at rival Portland.
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 Osvaldo Alonso, M Gonzalo Pineda, M Michael Azira, F Kenny Cooper, F Obafemi Martins, F Lamar Neagle
Sounders FC bench: GK Marcus Hahnemann, D Jalil Anibaba, D Leo Gonzalez, M Sean Okoli, M Marco Pappa, F Chad Barrett, F Cam Weaver
Columbus lineup: GK Steve Clark; D Josh Williams, D Giancarlo Gonzalez, D Michael Parkhurst, D Waylon Francis; M Hector Jimenez, M Wil Trapp, M Tony Tchani, M Bernardo Anor; F Federico Higuaín, F Dominic Oduro.
Columbus bench: GK Matt Lampson, D Chad Barson, D Tyosn Wahl, D/M Augustin Viana, F/M Ethan Finlay, F Justin Meram, F Jairo Arrieta