By Money Mike
After getting past San Francisco F.C. in the preliminary round of the CONCACAF Champions League, the Seattle Sounders return to MLS play as they travel to the new Livestrong Sporting Park to take on a Red Hot Sporting Kansas City side who have not lost in 14 matches, that's right, unbeaten in 14 damn games. Their last loss came against........... you guessed it, the Seattle Sounders. The last time these two teams met was on May 21st. The Sounders got the breakthrough in stoppage time in that match on a Jeff Parke header. Going into that May 21 match, KC was 1-5-1 and in dead last. Since then, 14 games unbeaten and also in playoff position. This will not be an easy matchup. All eyes on who Sigi will put out there. I'm not saying he should put his best lineup out there, I'm saying he should put in players who he believes can get the job done.
Seattle Sounders FC - For the Sounders, out is Steve Zakuani with that Tib and Fib fracture from the away match down at Colorado. Backup goalkeeper Terry Boss has been dealing with a concussion so he will miss another match, so Josh Ford will be the backup to Kasey Keller again. Brad Evans is listed as doubtful with a strained hamstring. And finally, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado is listed as probable with an MCL sprain.
Sporting Kansas City - OK for the other team. Korade Aiyegbusi has a concussion, Davy Arnaud had Sports Hernia Sergury, Aurelien Collin has a low back fracture, Kevin Ellis has a sprained right ankle, Craig Rocastle has a sprained right knee and Konrad Warzycha had surgery on his right knee. All of them are out. Chance Myers is listed as doubtful with a right quad strain.
So we have one player suspended for todays match. Roger Espinoza picked up a red card in their midweek match with Real Salt Lake.
KC's front line vs Seattle's back line - The front line of Kansas City has looked a lot more dangerous with Kei Kamara, Omar Bravo, C.J. Sapong and Teal Bunbury. Seattle's back line has given up 8 goals in the last 3 games which is terrible. They did very well shutting down San Francisco FC in the Champions League, now they need to do the same here.