Tonight's CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round game is about as big as they get in early August. Failure to win tonight's game -- likely by at least two goals -- would represent a rather massive failure on the part of the Seattle Sounders, a team that takes this tournament as seriously as anyone in MLS.
With that in mind, I fully expect a first-choice lineup. The biggest question mark, at least from my perspective, is who starts alongside Fredy Montero. Roger Levesque seems to be the first choice here, but he looked especially bad in the past two games. Maybe we're beating a dead horse, but it seems like now is as good a time as any to try the Mike Fucito pairing again. Even someone like Nate Jaqua might be a good matchup for a team like San Francisco FC.
The San Francisco lineup is, once again, more of a semi-educated guess. We're going with the same one that was provided to us last week, even though there were a few we got wrong.
Just a reminder, it looks like the CONCACAF website is not broadcasting these preliminary round games, so it's Fox Soccer or streaming if you are not going to the game. Expect a crowd of at least 20,000, but plenty of tickets should still be available.
Sounders injury report: OUT: MF Steve Zakuani (R leg fracture); GK Terry Boss (concussion); DOUBTFUL: MF Brad Evans (hamstring strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (knee MCL sprain)
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