Given Erik Friberg's hip injury, James Riley's concussion, Tyson Wahl's suspension due to yellow card accumulation and Mike Fucito being less than 90 minutes fit the Sounders will go with Brad Evans, Zach Scott, Leo Gonzalez and Nate Jaqua in the lineup this evening. Aside from that things are as expected for Seattle, with the only even moderate surprise being Alvaro Fernandez slotting on on the right and Lamar Neagle on the left.
The biggest challenge for Seattle will be keeping the Whitecaps speedy wingers in check down the flanks, especially on the counter. Zach Scott has been vulnerable when asked to do more than mark a single player out of the game, and though Leo Gonzalez has been strong defensively on the season he's far from what could be called speedy and it's always a worry when the opposition in able to get behind him in transition.
Joe Cannon; Jonathan Leathers, Jay DeMerit, Michael Boxall, Jordan Harvey; Davide Chiumiento, Gershon Koffie, Peter Vagenas, Camilo Sanvezzo; Eric Hassli, Mustapha Jarju.
Seattle Sounders XI:
Kasey Keller; Zach Scott, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez; Alvaro Fernandez, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Lamar Neagle; Nate Jaqua, Fredy Montero