SEATTLE – Sounders FC is back at home at CenturyLink Field and while they have a steady dose of players out injured and Eddie Johnson away with the U.S. National Team, they still have a strong lineup on the field against the Colorado Rapids.
Andrew Weber, on loan from Phoenix FC, will start in goal in place of Michael Gspurning, who is nursing a forearm injury. In front of him will be a back four of DeAndre Yedlin, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Zach Scott and Leo Gonzalez, starting together as a foursome for just the second time this season.
In the midfield, Mauro Rosales returns to the starting lineup after two matches as a substitute. He will captain the squad and play on the right wing. On the left will be Marc Burch, making his second straight start in that role. They will flank the central pairing of Osvaldo Alonso and Servando Carrasco, who are starting together for the fifth time this season. Seattle is 4-1-0 in those matches.
At forward, Lamar Neagle and Obafemi Martins, who are 3-0-0 when starting at forward together, including a 1-0 victory over the Rapids on April 20 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
On the bench will be pool goalkeeper Doug Herrick, defenders Dylan Remick and Patrick Ianni, midfielder Brad Evans and forwards Eriq Zavaleta, David Estrada and Sammy Ochoa.
For Colorado, Oscar Pareja will start a lineup of Clint Irwin at goalkeeper; defenders Marvell Wynne, Drew Moor, Shane O’Neill and Chris Klute; a midfield of Nick LaBrocca, Hendry Thomas, Dillon Powers, Nathan Sturgis and Atiba Harris; with DeShorn Brown playing as the lone striker.
On the bench will be Matt Pickens, Edson Buddle, Tony Cascio, Jaime Castrillon, Kevin Harbottle, German Mera and Anthony Wallace.