(author's note: Throughout the MLS season we shared a weekend MLS gamethread together in this space. Let's use that format today and use the second section to highlight Sounders in action around the world.)
Three Big Storylines:
- Today starts the final stage of CONCACAF qualifying for World Cup 2018. Six teams have made it to Round 5, affectionately called The Hex. USA, México, Panamá, Trinidad and Tobago, Honduras and Costa Rica will each play home and away over 10 matches between now and October 10th, 2017. The top three teams will qualify for Russia 2018 with the fourth place team qualifying for a playoff against the fifth place team from Asia for a World Cup berth.
- Mexico has brought in a very good squad for this game. Chicharito is in form. Carlos Vela is back in the fold. Andres Guardado and both Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos are on the team. But the USMNT has their new young hope and this one might actually be really good. 18 year old Christian Pulisic is expected to start in attack for the USMNT. The Borussia Dortmund player already has two goals in World Cup qualifying, but Mexico will represent a step up from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Pulisic will be joined in the attack by an in form Jozy Altidore.
- Dos a Cero. You are going to hear about the 2-0 storyline a lot today. This is the fifth World Cup qualifier in a row between USA and Mexico to be held in Columbus, all have finished 2-0 to the USMNT. Toss in the 2002 World Cup Round of 16 with the same scoreline and it's somewhat of a trend. Two Seattle Sounders kept the trend alive in 2013 when Eddie Johnson opened the scoring and Clint Dempsey missed a late penalty with the score already 2-0.
From a Sounders Point of View:
Seven Sounders were called up to their respective national teams for this FIFA date.
Jordan Morris (USA) - Injured, sent back to Seattle after evaluation by USMNT medical staff.
Nicolas Lodeiro (Uruguay) - Played Ecuador at home on Thursday, won 2-1. Lodeiro did not play but was available. Uruguay play in Chile on Tuesday.
Nelson Valdez (Paraguay) - Played Peru at home on Thursday, lost 1-4. Valdez did not play but was available. Paraguay host Ecuador on Tuesday.
Roman Torres (Panama) - Play in Honduras today to open the hex, viewing information below.
Joevin Jones (Trinidad & Tobago) - Host Costa Rica today to open the hex, viewing information below.
Oniel Fisher and Damion Lowe (Jamaica) - Host Suriname in a Caribbean Cup Qualifier on Sunday.
National TV Listings:
Honduras v Panama
Friday, 12:25 PM
Location: Estadio Olimpico, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
TV: beIN Sports
Streaming: beIN Sports Connect
Trinidad and Tobago v Costa Rica
Friday, 2:55 PM
Location: Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port Of Spain, Trinidad
TV: beIN Sports
Streaming:beIN Sports Connect
Fox Sports has the broadcast, Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and postgame studio coverage live from a field-level set at MAPFRE Stadium. Stone is joined by Alexi Lalas, Fernando Fiore and the Sounders own Herculez Gomez on the analyst desk. John Strong and Stu Holden are on the game call. There is an hour long pre-game show on FS1 starting at 4 PM and an hour long post-game show on FS2 afterwards.
GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough/ENG), Ethan Horvath (Molde/NOR), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), William Yarbrough (Club Leon/MEX)
DEFENDERS: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach/GER), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana/MEX), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG)
MIDFIELDERS: Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland/ENG), Julian Green (Bayern Munich/GER), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz/LIE), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen/GER),
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Bobby Wood (Hamburg/GER), Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy)
GOALKEEPERS: Guillermo Ochoa (Granada/Spain), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca/Mexico), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul/Mexico)
DEFENDERS: Rafa Marquez (Atlas/Mexico), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna/Mexico), Diego Reyes (Espanyol/Spain), Hector Moreno (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands), Oswaldo Alanis (Chivas/Mexico), Hugo Ayala (Tigres/Mexico), Carlos Salcedo (Fiorentina/Italy), Miguel Layun (Porto/Portugal)
MIDFIELDERS: Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal/Spain), Orbelin Pineda (Chivas/Mexico), Jesus Dueñas (Tigres/Mexico), Andres Guardado (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands), Hector Herrera (Porto/Portugal), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt/Germany)
FORWARDS: Raul Jimenez (Benfica/Portugal), Hirving Lozano (Pachuca/Mexico), Jesus Corona (Porto/Portugal), Jurgen Damm (Tigres/Mexico), Oribe Peralta (Club América/Mexico), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad/Spain)
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