With just two games left in their preseason schedule and a few days after their starters played significant minutes, the Seattle Sounders will be trotting out a lineup that will likely go a long way toward determining which players make the final roster.
Of that group, only Harry Shipp is expected to compete for starters minutes and he’ll be playing for the first time in a couple weeks after suffering an ankle injury. Aside from him, Tony Alfaro, Bryan Meredith and Darrius Barnes are the only others with any MLS experience.
The others, though, are all worth watching for their own reasons. Quinton Griffith is probably the least familiar name, and he’s a Antigua & Barbuda international who was with the Charleston Battery. Jake Morris is an Academy product and has looked strong in previous preseason appearances. Jordy Delem and Zach Mathers are both former S2 players, who could be in line for a jump to first team. David Olsen is a former MAC Hermann award finalist who has decided to skip his senior year at Seattle University in pursuit of a professional contract. Henry Wingo and Sheyi Adekoya are recent Homegrown Player signings.
Meanwhile, Atlanta will counter with much more of a mix between first-choice and reserve players.