Which means I'm counting down the minutes until around 4 p.m., when the lineups will probably be announced. Because, as I imply in my game story from this morning's paper, Sigi Schmid promised changes.
And I'm very eager to see how extensive those changes are -- and especially if Fredy Montaro is in the starting lineup. It's hard to imagine he won't be -- especially given the lack of healthy alternatives. However, it's also hard to imagine who else Schmid was talking about when he said he doesn't need six playmakers he needs someone to score goals, or when he said the long leash he's given some players just snapped, or when he devoted much of this week's training to aggressiveness in the penalty area.
I did not get the impression Montero was expecting such a drastic move when we had this (translated) conversation with him at mid-week:
On being brought to the bench against LA: "That's the first time that's happened, that I've been a starting player than taken out eight minutes into the half. It was painful and it hurt. But I keep being a player who thinks of the team and improving myself. It was tough but there is only room for improvement."
On whether he interpreted it as a message: "He wasn't trying to send me a message. Him and I have really good one-on-one communication. We're always in communication with each other. A substitution is made based on what is going on in the game, it's not made to send a message to someone. Him and I have great man-to-man communication."
In any case, I'll start a running gameday blog closer to gametime ... about the time that lineup comes out.
Meanwhile, here's the MLSsoccer.com preview of the game -- noting that both teams are coming off 4-0 losses.
And finally, below is today's fully MLS schedule (times listed are Eastern). Unfortunately, with the FSC game mostly in conflict with the Sounders. (Although there is a second-division game on FSN at 7: St. Louis at Portland.)