The rivalry between these two cross-country foes started with the 2009 U.S. Open Cup and was spiced up lately by Marc Burch's comments.
|D.C. United (4-4-2): Willis; Russell, Jakovic, Dudar, Woolard; Cruz, Kitchen, De Rosario, DeLeon; Salihi, M. Santos.||
OUT: DF Ethan White (R knee surgery); MF Lance Rozeboom (L ACL tear)
QUESTIONABLE: FW Josh Wolff (L groin strain); GK Bill Hamid (L ankle sprain / bone bruising)
PROBABLE: DF Dejan Jakovic (L groin strain); MF Kurt Morsink (L foot neurectomy)
|Seattle Sounders FC (4-4-2): Gspurning; Scott, Parke, Ianni, Burch; Sivebaek, Evans, Alonso, Fernandez; Montero, Estrada.
OUT: GK Josh Ford (R knee stress fracture); DF Michael Tetteh (L hamstring strain); MF Steve Zakuani (R leg fracture); FW Babayele Sodade (R ACL tear)
DOUBTFUL: MF Mauro Rosales (R knee sprain); DF Andrew Duran (R knee surgery)
QUESTIONABLE: DF Adam Johansson (L hamstring strain); FW Eddie Johnson (R hip strain); DF Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (pelvic sprain)
PROBABLE: MF Brad Evans (R hamstring strain)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Seattle won its first three games at RFK Stadium, including the 2009 U.S. Open Cup final. United finally won against the Sounders at home last year, 2-1.
- D.C. dazzled in a 4-1 win over FC Dallas last week, but the MLS Disciplinary Committee was less impressed. It slapped Danny Cruz with a fine for embellishment and suspended Brandon McDonald one match for a reckless challenge.
- The Sounders hit the road for the first time this season fresh off a surprise 1-0 loss to San Jose at CenturyLink Field.
- Seattle defender Marc Burch reignited animosity before the match with a few choice statements about D.C.'s decision not to renew his contract this offseason. He'll face his old team for the first time in Rave Green.
- Seattle put Babayele Sodade on the disabled list this week. The forward tore his ACL playing for Canada in Olympic qualifying.