Lineup: Here's how the Sounders are going: GK, Keller; D Riley, Parke, Marshall, Gonzalez; M Ljungberg, Ianni, Evans; F Montero, Noonan, Zakuani. Reserves: Boss, Graham, Levesque, Sturgis, Nyassi; Scott, Seamon.
For New England: GK Shuttleworth; D Alston, Gibbs, Tierney; M Nyassi, Phelan, Joseph, Mansally, Niouky; F Schilawski, Perovic.
Pregame: It's about two hours until the 7:30 kickoff between New England and the Sounders.
Maybe it's this too-rare sunny day and blue skies that's got me in a good mood, but I'm thinking the Sounders break out tonight: three goals, three points. To the degree that that's not a weather-related/mood-related prediction, I'm also just thinking that the young keeper (expected to be) in goal will focus the Sounders to just get the ball on goal and make him make plays. I think that will benefit the Sounders. And I'm not sure the keeper will make the plays.
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We'll know in about four hours.
Meanwhile, normal gameday plan here. We'll keep this post open for pregame news and lineups and, of course, your comments. Then probably open another for in-game and postgame news and comments.