Welcome to Bradenton, Florida, where the Sounders FC will take on the Columbus Crew starting at 8 am Pacific Time. It's a bright, sunny morning here at IMG and the teams are warming up now.
Should have the Crew lineup in a moment
The Sounders take the opening kick and we are under way.
For today's coin toss, yes. The club has not named a captain yet and nobody is wearing the armband.
In the opening minutes, Columbus earned two corner kicks that were easily dealt with by Seattle's defense.
10: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado is shown yellow after a play when Columbus misses high on a shot from the top of the box.
11: Tony Tchani gets a shot from the top of the box, but misses high for a goal kick.
Thus far, Columbus has held much of the possession.
12: Osvaldo Alonso is shown yellow for a tackle of Milovan Mirosevic.
13: Ethan Finley hits the 19-yard free kick over the top for a goal kick.
13: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado is shown a second yellow and is ejected.
Seattle will replace Hurtado momentarily, once they get somebody warmed up.
18: Columbus earns a corner kick, but is whistled for a foul on the play.
On the yellows - definitely fouls, but you don't often see three yellows in the first 13 minutes of a game for those types of fouls.
Patrick Ianni is preparing to replace Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.
20: Patrick Ianni comes on for Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.
21: Tony Tchani rips a wild shot from the top of the box that misses well wide for a goal kick.
25: Mauro Rosales wins a header from Tony Tchani and Tchani goes down holding his face. The referee stops play while Seattle was looking to attack.
Seattle is pushing on all sides of the field, but has not been able to get into the attacking third. Columbus got some chances in the opening minutes, but has since been limited.
29: Bernardo Anor is shown yellow for a take-down of Mike Fucito as Seattle was building the attack.
30: Fredy Montero plays the free kick from 32 yards out into the box and Brad Evans gets his head to it, but Andy Gruenebaum makes the save.
31: Emilio Renteria gets out on the counter-attack, but Patrick Ianni and Osvaldo Alonso close him down and take over possession.
32: Emilio Renteria takes a long-range shot, but misses wide for a goal kick.
Still scoreless here in Bradenton between the Sounders and Crew.
34: Milosan Mirosevic gets into the box, but misplays the ball and it goes away for a goal kick.
36: Mike Fucito leads Mauro Rosales with a ball into the box up the right side, but puts too much pace on it and Andy Gruenebaum comes out to scoop it up.
38: Tony Tchani brings down Fredy Montero on another build up for Seattle and is shown yellow.
There is the first half whistle and they go into the break scoreless.
Seattle was able to get out on the attack in the last 20 minutes of the half, but weren't able to get any dangerous shots.
The tactics of early preseason have been strong, but the finishing hasn't been as good. They started working on finishing more late last week - with this team, I'm never concerned that they aren't going to score goals.
20-30 minutes more from the starting group, then likely to see some subs.
Both teams go with the same lineups to start the second half.
Columbus takes the opening kick and we are under way.
47: Seattle puts pressure up the left side, stringing a series of passes together, but Mike Fucito misplays it and it roles away for a goal kick.
48: Mauro Rosales gets up to the right side of the box, but his cross to the far post is headed clear by Columbus.
51: Ethan Finley gets a shot off from the top of the box, and Michael Gspurning parries it over for a corner kick. Good save by Gspurning.
53: Fredy Montero gets into the box on the right side, but his left-footed shot curls wide of the far post for a goal kick.
54: Mauro Rosales spins a pass to Adam Johansson up the right side, then Johansson pops a cross into the box and Fredy Montero heads it home for a 1-0 lead.