The Sounders visit the Montreal Impact at 5 p.m. today in an MLS match that will be shown in JOEtv and heard on the usual radio outlets. We’ll also have updates on Twitter.com/donruiztnt.
The Sounders are still without the stars who have been unavailable to them for most of this 1-5 slump: Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans away with the national team, Obafemi Martins and Stefan Frei out with injury.
There may be light at the end of the tunnel there, as the USA ended its Gold Cup run this afternoon with a PK loss to Panama. That will free Dempsey and Evans to return by the Sounders next match, next Saturday vs. Vancouver. Frei is likely to be ready for that one, too; and Martins is possible.
However, that leaves familiar choices today, and coach Sigi Schmid went with a lineup very much like the one he used last week in the 1-0 loss to Colorad: GK Perkins; D Mears, Marshall, Scott, Gonzalez; M Alonso, Rose, Friberg; F Roldan, Neagle, Barrett. The main chance is Barrett joining the three up front in place of Thomas, who is on the bench.