With the Sounders needing a win to keep their hopes of bringing home the Supporters Shield alive, Sigi Schmid will start a stronger lineup than many expected against the New England Revolution in Foxboro, MA. Still, "much stronger" is very much a relative term; this is a mix of youth and experience it certainly leans towards the side of youth and is light on first-team players. Perhaps most interesting is the inclusion of Alvaro Fernandez in the starting XI; unless the Uruguayan winger is scripted to leave the game early on, it seems unlikely to expect him to start in Tuesday's US Open Cup final. That lends credence to the belief that Mauro Rosales will make an earlier than expected return from injury.
Seattle Sounders XI:
Kasey Keller; Roger Levesque, Zach Scott, Patrick Ianni, Tyson Wahl; David Estrada, Servando Carrasco, Erik Friberg, Alvaro Fernandez; Fredy Montero, Nate Jaqua
Josh Ford, Sammy Ochoa, Osvaldo Alonso, Lamar Neagle, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Jeff Parke
New England Revolution XI:
Matt Reis; Chris Tierney, Kevin Alston, Ryan Cochrane, A.J. Soares; Shalrie Joseph; Benny Feilhaber, Ryan Guy, Diego Fagundez; Monsef Zerka, Milton Caraglio
Kheli Dube, Zak Boggs, Pat Phelan, Zack Schilawski, Bobby Shuttleworth, Darrius Barnes, Kenny Mansally