For the first time since suffering a broken leg that threatened to end his career, Steve Zakuani will be starting for the Seattle Sounders. Zakuani has made just two appearances totaling ten minutes since returning to MLS action this season, but after more than 500 days Sigi Schmid has penciled his name into the starting lineup. This isn't the final step in his road to recovery, but it's a very big one that's far nearer to the end than to the beginning.
Welcome back, Steve. We've missed you.
Starting XI: Kevin Hartman; Matt Hedges, George John, Zach Loyd, Jair Benitez; Brek Shea, Jackson Goncalves, Andrew Jacobson, Julian de Guzman, David Ferreira
Subs: Seitz, Pertuz, Rodriguez, Marcelin, Leyva, Hernandez, Sealy
Starting XI: Michael Gspurning; Adam Johannson, Jeff Parke, Patrick Ianni, Leo Gonzalez; Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Christian Tiffert, Mauro Rosales; Steve Zakuani, Fredy Montero
Subs: Ford, Burch, Scott, Carrasco, Caskey, Martinez, Ochoa