SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 27: Lamar Neagle #27 of the Seattle Sounders FC bring the ball up the field during the second half of the game against the Columbus Crew at CenturyLink Field on August 27, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. Neagle scored a total of three goals as the Sounders won the game 6-2. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
The Seattle Sounders host the return fixture against CS Herediano with a win all but guaranteeing a trip the knockout stage of the CONCACAF Champions League.
Despite being all but eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League Herediano puts out what appears to be a 3-5-2; unless the visitors are using this as an opportunity to experiment (which is entirely possible) one would expect them to attach pretty aggressively in an attempt to salvage their hopes of advancing to the knockout stage.
The Sounders start a comparatively weakened side, but given the Sounders home field advantage and relatively unconvincing display put on by the visitors playing their strongest lineup at home should give Seattle an expectation of ending the night with another three points. With a pair of holding midfielders in the Seattle (one of whom, Amadou Sanyang, is getting his first start for Seattle) the Sounders are likely looking to preserve the clean sheet as a first priority with the belief that a goal can be found somewhere before the 90 minutes are up.
Seattle Sounders XI:
CS Herediano XI:
Daniel Cambronero; Cristian Montero, Jean Carlo Sanchez, Francisco Calvo, Marvin Obando, Pablo Salazar; Jose Luis Cordero, Josimar Arias, Junior Alvarado; Jorge Barbosa, Anderson Andrade