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Quick look at Sounders-Manchester United

A quick look at tonight's friendly:

MANCHESTER UNITED AT SOUNDERS FC 7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: Fox Soccer. RADIO: 97.3 FM.NOTES: This friendly will draw one of the largest crowds in Northwest soccer history. The record is 66,848, which watched the Sounders’ friendly against FC Barcelona in 2009. … This is the Red Devils’ third Seattle appearance. In 1982, they lost to the NASL Sounders, 3-0. In 2003, they defeated Celtic, 4-0. … The Sounders are 10-4-8 in Major League Soccer. Man U is preparing for the defense of its English Premier League title. ... The Red Devils opened this U.S. tour with a 4-1 win at New England on July 13. … Man U’s EPL trophy and Seattle’s two U.S. Open Cups will be on display inside the Northwest Gate in the North Plaza. … Gates will open at 5 p.m.ROSTERS: Sounders trialist Mrisho Ngasa of Tanzania may appear. Included on the United travel roster are keepers Ben Amos, David de Gea, Sam Johnston, Andres Lindegaard; defenders Fabio Da Silva, Rafael Da Silva, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic; Midfielders Anderson, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs, Nani, Gabriel Obertan, Ji-Sung Park; forwards Dimitar Berbatov, Mame Biram Diouf, Javier Hernandez, Federico Macheda, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young; manager Sir Alex Ferguson. (Some players will join tour in progress.)QUOTABLE: “I think it’s a great opportunity for our fans, it’s a great opportunity for our players. It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s not often you get to play against a team of Manchester United’s quality, and just the experience and the tradition of the club. It’s going to be a great evening.” – Sounders coach Sigi SchmidNEXT: Seattle will travel for a CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round match at 5 p.m. Tuesday against San Francisco FC of Panama. (The Sounders’ previously scheduled Saturday home game against Philadelphia has been postponed until Oct. 8.) Manchester United’s U.S. tour continues Saturday at the Chicago Fire.
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