La Manga Cup II is set-up so that every team plays three matches, but by losing on Day One the Sounders can now finish at best with a 5th place trophy by winning their next two. More importantly though we get another snapshot of competition within Sounders FC for those precious roster slots.
Today they face Stabaek IF's football side. Last season Stabaek finished 3rd on the table with a +18 Goal Differential. Sigi describes the team;
They’ve got good physical players, guys with good size, that are going to challenge and hold balls up, with hard running guys up front. Their level of play is little bit behind Rosenborg, but they’re a good team and it’s going to be good opposition for us.
But rather than focus on beating a Norwegian team that will be in the Europa League I'm more interested in what the Sounders do, and how they do it. I'm a bit intrigued by Mikkel Diskerud as he is young, and has American eligibility.
Lineups as soon as they are public. Best feed to watch when we get it as well. Here is the Sounders official text only live blog