The Seattle Sounders are in Massachusetts today, ready to take on the New England Revolution. The Revs are sitting at 13th in MLS, with really no chance at making the playoffs. They've got twenty points from all league games and sit in the fourth tier in the SB Nation Power Rankings--albeit the top of the fourth tier, so a few people have a tiny bit of faith left in New England.
The Sounders, on the other hand, are jumping from strength to strength. Back in July, most MLS observers had crossed Seattle off their lists, convinced that there was no way the team could make the playoffs. But here we are in September, sitting on 32 points and at sixth place in the MLS. The Rave Green are hoping for another three points tonight, having not lost in the league since the July 4 match against the LA Galaxy and still on a high from securing their place in the U.S. Open Cup final with their win over Chivas USA on Wednesday night.
Some interesting news from Sounders FC: Blaise Nkufo did not make the trip to Gillette Stadium. Nkufo didn't take the field in the Open Cup, and the thought is that he's suffering from a knock to his knee. Leaving him out of the trip is likely a precautionary move.
Sanna Nyassi is also not with the team, as he is away on international duty for Gambia in Africa Cup of Nations qualification. His twin brother, Sainey Nyassi, plays for The Revs but is also on international duty.
With Nate Sturgis still hurting from a knock to his ankle, Mike Seamon gets the start in midfield. Roger Levesque partners Fredy Montero up front, as Nate Jaqua played the full ninety on Wednesday during the Open Cup. And, of course, Steve Zakuani is back to full health and starting on the wing. David Estrada is off the injured reserves and eligible to play tonight.
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