This update is coming to you from Keystone, South Dakota, where it is predicted to be 20 degrees and snowing tomorrow! I might be closer to Salt Lake at the moment, but my Sounders jersey is packed and I am ready to cheer on the team from afar this Friday.
Seattle holds the top spot in the Supporters' Shield race and a five-point edge over Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference standings. Can we extend that lead on Friday? Let's take a look at our chances in this week's match-up graphic.
Player / Injury Updates
After dealing with injuries and international appearances, RSL now has a set of attackers that are healthy and available. Their new challenge is deciding who to start. It took Alvaro Saborio only 13 seconds to score his first goal after missing nearly four months due to a broken foot, but he might not be fit enough to go a full 90.
The Sounders will be missing midfielder Marco Pappa, who is out for another week after joining Guatemala for the Copa Centroamericana.
RSL wins just 43% of all Aerial Duels, although you might remember the shortest player on their team scoring against Seattle in our last match.
RSL needs to win if they want to move up in the standings. The Sounders are rested, healthy, and hungry for another 3 points. I am predicting a win for the home team. Cheer loud enough so I can hear you from Mt. Rushmore!