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Seattle Sounders Vs. Columbus Crew Preseason GameThread

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Jhon Kennedy Hurtado is among the Seattle Sounders who will be starting against the Columbus Crew on Thursday in Phoenix. (Photo courtesy of Seattle Sounders FC)
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado is among the Seattle Sounders who will be starting against the Columbus Crew on Thursday in Phoenix. (Photo courtesy of Seattle Sounders FC)

The march toward the regular season continues as the Seattle Sounders take on the Columbus Crew at the Westside Complex in Phoenix, Ariz. You can follow live text updates at SoundersFC.com.

The Sounders are coming off a 3-3 tie with Real Salt Lake in which they needed a successful penalty from Fredy Montero in the 110th minute to tie the score. More important than results, though, will be how some of the training camp battles continue to develop.

Among the things to watch will be the play of Erik Friberg and Brad Evans, who appear to be locked in a battle for the chance to start alongside Osvaldo Alonso in the central midfield. On the other end of the roster, there are plenty more competitions. Second-year players like David Estrada, Miguel Montano and Danny Earls seem to be vying with the likes of rookies Servando Carrasco and Juan Cruz and trialists Lamar Neagle, Jonathan Prieto and Seedy Bah for roster positions. Rookie goalkeepers Bryan Meredith and Josh Ford are also likely in a competition for the third goalkeeper spot.

The match will feature three periods (45, 45 and 30 minutes long, respectively). Here's the Sounders starting XI: Kasey Keller, James Riley, Patrick Ianni, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez, Alvaro Fernandez, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Steve Zakuani, Fredy Montero and O'Brian White.