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Real Salt Lake Vs. Seattle Sounders, Matchcard: Preferred Lineups, Statistics

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RSL-Sounders 0528
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To be quite honest, we don't know who's going to start for the Seattle Sounders when they try to end Real Salt Lake's 29-match home unbeaten streak. An already confusing set of circumstances is made worse by the fact that this is the third match in eight days. Rather than give you a projected starting lineup, we're going with more of a preferred starting lineup.

What we did was ask the various contributors to Sounder at Heart to submit their 11. Interestingly enough, only five players were named on every ballot and only one of them started on Wednesday: Kasey Keller. The other four were Nate Jaqua, James Riley, Brad Evans and Patrick Ianni. We filled out our preferred lineup with a bit of a twist, calling it a 4<4>2, but with Fredy Montero in the CAM role and Mike Fucito at forward. We put Alvaro Fernandez and Tyson Wahl on the left-sided spots, with Jeff Parke manning the other center back position. Osvaldo Alonso was the preferred starter at CDM, but one voter thought he could use a rest.

RSL's lineup was provided by Denz of RSL Soapbox. The only surprise in there is probably Jean Alexendre, who's normally a midfielder. But with the absences of Alvaro Saborio, Arturo Alvarez and Paulo Jr., Alexandre seems like a reasonable choice.

Downloadable PDF:  RSL-Sounders Matchcard