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Marco Pappa returns to Sounders starting lineup, but Clint Dempsey unavailable

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In a match that could come to define their season, the Seattle Sounders will be using a lineup that's only about 80 percent optimized. Marco Pappa returned to the starting lineup and Osvaldo Alonso is back on the bench, but Clint Dempsey won't make it any closer to the pitch than the press box for Sunday's nationally televised match against the Portland Timbers.

The Timbers will counter with a lineup that's roughly similar in terms of being optimized, as they'll be without defensive midfielders Will Johnson (injury) and Diego Chara (suspension) but a full intact attack.