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Oba Martins still questionable, but everyone else looks good to go

Osvaldo Alonso, Djimi Traore and Eddie Johnson all expected to be able to start vs. Timbers.


We'll have to wait until the rosters are released on Sunday to know for sure, but Obafemi Martins appears to be the biggest question mark among would-be Seattle Sounders starters heading into the rather massive Cascadia Cup match against the Portland Timbers. Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid called Martins a "game-time decision", but also gave clean bills of health to Osvaldo Alonso, Djimi Traore and Eddie Johnson, who had picked up a slight knock earlier in the week.

Assuming Martins can't start, that likely means Clint Dempsey will start underneath Johnson. It would also kick the can a bit on what to do and where to play guys like Lamar Neagle (probably left mid), Brad Evans (probably at CM) and Mauro Rosales (right mid).

Truth be told, that wouldn't be the worst set-up. Dempsey and Johnson are already reasonably familiar with one another and Neagle seems to be looking more comfortable from the wing, even if he's not always starting there. Evans has also started to show some real bright spots at center mid, so seeing him there for at least another game is just fine with me.

The big question, I think, will be what comes of Rosales? While he's looked OK at times -- and was coming off a series of solid performances before last week's dud -- I'm starting to think he may be the odd man out when the Sounders are at full strength. This could be an especially game for him, as a good performance could help solidify his starting position.

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