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No Osvaldo Alonso or Marco Pappa in Sounders' starting lineup Vs. Galaxy

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If the Seattle Sounders make their earliest-ever postseason exit, you can bet there will be a lot of attention paid to two names who aren't in the starting lineup for Wednesday's first-round match against the Galaxy: Osvaldo Alonso and Marco Pappa.

Alonso's absence is not necessarily a huge surprise given he was unable to participate in training this week, but Pappa's is a bit more of a surprise. There were no indications during the week that Pappa was injured after he played all 90 minutes of the Sounders' regular-season finale. But he apparently re-aggravated the injury that forced him out of Guatemala's last match.

The good news is that the Sounders have a perfectly capable replacement in Nelson Haedo-Valdez, who should be well rested after not playing in the season finale.

The Galaxy will counter with what is effectively their first-choice lineup.