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Sounders Mostly Healthy Heading Into Cascadia Cup Clash

DP Mauro Rosales expected to make return to starting lineup and provide boost to offense.

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Friday afternoon's injury report lists the Seattle Sounders with only regular player with a 50% chance of playing or less. Both Christian Tiffert and Mauro Rosales are at Probable (75% chance of playing) and Patrick Ianni is Questionable (50%). This means it is quite likely that Sigi Schmid will be able to field an Ideal XI, a rarity this year it seems.

Reserve players Sodade and Duran are still listed as out, though Babayele Sodade is participating in some ball drills now. Mike Seamon is listed as Questionable.

With Mauro Rosales back (Oshan, MLSSoccer) Seattle's offense is almost certain to return to potency.

The Sounders are a significantly different team with Rosales than they are without him. This season, the Sounders have scored 38 goals during his 20 starts or an average of 1.9 goals per game. In the nine matches in which he’s either not played or come off the bench, the Sounders have scored just seven goals or an average of .78 goals per game.

If both of the formerly injured DPs are back and Ianni is unlikely to start the biggest question regarding the starting lineup will be the Left Mid where Zakuani, Evans, Caskey and Martinez can all slot. With just six all competitions games left, but a press to improve MLS Cup Playoff positioning it will be intriguing to see how Schmid manages playing time and selection. He can use these matches to fine tune the team for the short season, or make match specific tactical adjustments to increase chances at points in the remaining matches.

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