Everything we are hearing is that Brad Evans should be back this week, which leads us to believe we'll see a very Seattle Sounders similar starting lineup (4<4>2) as the one that played against DC United and Toronto FC. We're projecting that Tyson Wahl will start at left back against the Portland Timbers, but it could just as easily be Leo Gonzalez. It really doesn't look like there's a clear starter there anymore. We also have Jeff Parke in for Patrick Ianni, but that's also essentially a guess.
Outside of those positions, we see what qualifies as a standard lineup for the Sounders. Nate Jaqua should be fit to start, and should be in front of Fredy Montero. The big health question right now is Mauro Rosales, who seems more likely to come off the bench than start at this point. Expect to see Alvaro Fernandez on the left and Erik Friberg in the middle.
As for the Timbers, we asked Stumptown Footy for their projection and this is what they gave us. They set up in a pretty standard 4-4-2, with their fullbacks really joining the attack with a fair amount of regularity. Expect to ask yourself if Rodney Wallace and Jeremy Hall are really midfielders. Diego Chara has been playing in more of a box-to-box role alongside Jack Jewsbury, who's the primary set piece taker. Kenny Cooper is a pretty standard target forward and Jorge Perlaza is more of a goal-poacher. This is a team that likes to attack, but not necessarily through controlling the ball.
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