We are live at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and getting ready for the Sounders FC and the Houston Dynamo. Kickoff is at 8 am Pacific Time.
RT @HoustonDynamo: #houstondynamo and @soundersfc have arrived, forced some @braves pitchers to move, and begun warming up. kickoff at 1 ...
Sounders FC lineup: GK Kasey Keller, RB James Riley, CB Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, CB Jeff Parke, LB Leo Gonzalez, RM Alvaro Fernandez, CM Osvaldo Alonso, CM Brad Evans, LM Steve Zakuani, F Fredy Montero, F O'Brian White.
Dynamo lineup: GK Tally Hall, RB Kofi Sarkodie, CB Bobby Boswell, CB Andrew Hainault, LB Hunter Freeman, RM Danny Cruz, CM Richard Edwards, CM Geoff Cameron, RM Brad Davis, F Cam Weaver, F Will Bruin.
Not really. Obviously they'd prefer to be scoring goals, but that stuff will come.
I was told the other day that Columbus played here in Florida in 2008 preseason and didn't win a single game ... they went on to win the Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup.
They are both in the bench area right now.
I'm sure I'll be able to work that into the schedule. There are plenty of people back in my office that would be disappointed if I didn't.
Plenty of local connections on the Dynamo ... Tally Hall is from Gig Harbor, Mike Chabala is a UW product, Cam Weaver was USL rookie of the year for the Sounders in 2006 and played locally in HS and college, Brian Ching played with the USL Sounders and Dominic Kinnear played in the NASL.
Intriguing matchup with Steve Zakuani going up against his former college teammate Kofi Sarkodie.
We are under way with Seattle taking the opening kick
70 degrees here in Orlando right now with a slight breeze.
2: After Seattle got off to a good start offensively, Tally Hall sent a long bouncing ball into Seattle's end. Big collision between Jeff Parke and Cam Weaver, but no call either way and Kasey Keller picks it up.
3: A Houston foul 30 yards out gives Fredy Montero a free kick, but he hits it right into the 2-man wall and the ball goes the other way.
4: Will Bruin runs up the left side, but Jeff Parke cuts him off and Kasey Keller picks it up.
5: Osvaldo Alonso sends a free kick into the box, but it is deflected through for a Seattle throw. On the throw-in Seattle gets a shot away, but it misses wide for a goal kick.
6: Seattle defends in the left corner and sends it long, eventually earning another corner. This one too is defended through for a throw in.
8: O'Brian White holds the ball up in the right side of the box, then drops it back for Fredy Montero, but his shot goes just outside the far post for a goal kick.
Could be, but I will say this group is looking good so far.
I wouldn't be shocked if they did, but I don't really see it as imminent.
11: Steve Zakuani gets in on the defense, taking the ball from Danny Cruz, but Houston gets it back soon after.
Houston is on the board first with a goal from Cam Weaver, assisted by Geoff Cameron in the 11th minute. Houston 1, Seattle 0.
15: Geoff Cameron slides it forward for Cam Weaver, but his shot from 22 out goes wide for a goal kick.
15: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado is whistled for the foul 24 yards out at the right sideline.
So far, outside of the goal allowed, they have.
17: Brad Davis takes a free kick while the referee is moving the Sounders wall, but Kasey Keller makes the grab.
None. Nkufo is coming back from a calf strain and played yesterday so he could get more rest before his next match.