Here’s the Sounders’ starting lineup for their 7 p.m. match at Rio Tinto Stadium:
Frei, Mears, Torres, Marshall, Fisher; Kovar, Friberg; Evans, Rose; Martins, Valdez.
This 10 of the first 11 that started Seattle’s 4-0 win over Orlando City last weekend. The lone exception is Kovar starting in place of Lamar Neagle, who in turn was the lone Sounders to start against both Orlando and Olimpia, and therefore seemed due some rest. Coach Sigi Schmid also had spoken highly about the recent play of Aaron Kovar, so here’s a chance to reward that.
As expected, Clint Dempsey, Osvaldo Alonso, Andreas Ivanschitz and Chad Barrett still missing from the 18-man roster.
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For in-game updates, check my twitter feed @donruiztnt. I’ll have game report and quotes from both teams on the blog after the match.