The Sounders start what can only be described as their strongest possible lineup against Guatemalan side CSD Comunicaciones as Sigi Schmid recognizes that an inability to secure a point this evening means the path to the quarterfinals looks far more difficult. Seattle is in control of their own destiny in every way possible, and the current state of the group means that no result in the other game can alter their fortunes in any positive sense; without a point, Seattle will be forced to start their best lineup against Monterrey with advancement to the next round on the line. With a point, the result in the Monterrey game is largely meaningless.
So, no pressure then boys.
Seattle Sounders XI:
Kasey Keller; Zach Scott, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl; Alvaro Fernandez, Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg, Lamar Neagle; Mike Fucito, Fredy Montero
David Estrada, Sammy Ochoa, Nate Jaqua, Servando Carrasco, Taylor Graham, Josh Ford, Amadou Sanyang
CSD Comunicaciones XI:
Juan Paredes; Dagoberto Arriola, Edgar Martinez, Erwin Morales, Carlos Mejia; Bryan Ordonez, Rafael Morales, Rigoberto Gomez; Fredy Thompson, Carlos Ramirez, Transito Montepeque
(Information about Comunicaciones bench will be provided if/when it becomes available.)