Maybe it's nothing more than wishful thinking, but the Sounder at Heart crew thinks this could be the week Alvaro Fernandez reclaims his starting spot, taking the right midfielder spot in our projected lineup when the Seattle Sounders visit the Colorado Rapids tonight. There doesn't seem to be any reason for Sigi to rush Fredy Montero back, and with the game being played at altitude, bringing him on as a late sub would make a lot of sense.
The other part of our thinking is that Erik Friberg seems to have played his way out of the starting lineup. He hasn't been awful, but the benefits of his more aggressive passing have not been very obvious in recent weeks. Of course, he's also one of the more fit players on the team, so maybe we're just crazy...
On the Rapids' side, we asked UZ of Burgundy Wave for his projections and this is what he gave us. The big moves are his belief that both Anthony Wallace and Pablo Mastroeni will be back in the lineup, which is not good news for the Sounders.
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