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eMLS Cup gets underway at PAX East

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Dempsey and Leerdam make Seattle’s starting lineup.

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The roster for the Sounders eMLS Cup is set and includes Clint Dempsey and Kelvin Leerdam as starters in Flickiify’s 4-4-2. Osvaldo Alonso and Nicolas Lodeiro join the Sounders contingent on the bench. Romain Alessandrini is the third and final starter from MLS.

In eMLS teams are required to have a minimum of two of their own club’s players on the field and at least one other MLS player, for a total of three at all times. The team can then be filled by anyone else in the FIFAverse.

Like a lot of the teams for eMLS, it is a bit unbalanced in attacking threats, with the midfield being made up of Dempsey, Alessandrini, Paul Pogba, and N’Golo Kante. They sit underneath a tandem of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, since without finding the back of the net it’ll be tough to get points. The bench options include more fire power, like Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne.

So far it appears the Sounders have lost their first three eMLS matches in the round robin, but there are five more matches to go. MLS has updates on eMLS at PAX East, videos of the matches and everyone’s rosters.