UPDATE: A Sounders spokesperson confirmed that Zakuani will play in tonight's game.
Steve Zakuani's chances of making his return for Friday's Reserve League game has moved to decidedly more than 50-50. The player's agent, Richard Motzkin, announced via Twitter than Zakuani was expected to play against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The game will be played at Starfire Sports Complex, with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m. and a $5 suggestion donation the only cost for admission. The match will also be streamed as an audio-only podcast on SoundersFC.com.
This would mark Zakuani's most significant step toward returning to the playing field since he suffered a broken leg last April. Zakuani's only game action with the Sounders up until now has been a lone scrimmage against Gonzaga University at the start of April, although he also played in a scrimmage between the Academy and U23 teams. The Sounders have only played one Reserve League match since then, which Zakuani sat out after announce he expected to play.