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Nelson Valdez starts for the Sounders in Portland

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The suspension of Clint Dempsey for the first Sounders vs. Timbers match of the season forced Sigi Schmid to make a big decision for today's match. The Seattle coach decided to go with Nelson Valdez up top, flanked in a 4-3-3 by Jordan Morris and Andreas Ivanschitz. Hopefully the formation looks more like a 4-4-2, with the two strikers both playing a little more centrally. Tyrone Mears returns as well.

The rest of the lineup is unchanged from Wednesday's 5-0 win over FC Dallas.

Zach Scott is not on the bench.

Sigi Schmid's subs are Miller, Alfaro, Remick, Fisher, Kovar, Gomez and Anderson.

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