There are only two less-than-ideal starters in Saturday’s lineup against the Columbus Crew SC. Gustav Svensson is filling in for the still-injured Brad Evans and Will Bruin is in for Jordan Morris, who is out with a minor ankle sprain described as not “serious or long-term.”
That means that Stefan Frei and Osvaldo Alonso are getting their first starts of the preseason. Clint Dempsey is starting his fourth match and will have his fifth appearance. Those are great signals for opening day against the Houston Dynamo (Saturday March 4, 5:30 PM, broadcaster TBD).
Your starting lineup is
Stefan Frei; Joevin Jones, Chad Marshall, Roman Torres, Gustan Svensson; Osvaldo Alonso, Cristian Roldan; Alvaro Fernandez, Clint Dempsey, Nicolas Lodeiro; Will Bruin
Guest player Quinton Griffith is not on the gameday roster. The rest of the Charleston phase roster is listed as an available sub.
Seattle will have seven available players who are not under contract - Brian Nana-Sinkham, David Olsen, Sam Rogers, Jake “With Good Hair” Morris, Darrius Barnes, Zach Mathers and Jorday Delem.
There are at least five open roster spots at this time.