We have a few changes in our lineup this week. Most significantly, probably, we're pretty sure the Sounders are goign back to the 4-2-3-1 formation they were in for the first six games. Mainly, I think that's a product of going on the road and not some permanent shift.
We also are predicting several lineup changes, most notably Pat Noonan coming in for Fredy Montero. We also think Miguel Montano will get his first start in place of Brad Evans, Patrick Ianni will replace Tyrone Marshall and Nathan Sturgis will spell Osvaldo Alonso.
Dave and I had some difference of opinions here, but I'm deferring to him. That said, I won't be surprised if at least one of Evans or Montero ends up starting, and possibly both. I didn't read any of Schmid's comments being directed at either one of them, but we'll see. I could definitely be wrong.
Here's the more printer-friendly version: game 9 match card (print)