February 19, 2009

Sounders FC introduced to Qwest Field

The team had its first practice on the artificial turf the other day and my boy Jose M.R. has the coverage for The Times.

As you can see, the field isn't as gorgeous as some of Europe's finest -- but it'll do. MLS teams have certainly played on worse.
"The field and surface was good," Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. "It looks nice with only soccer lines on it. I know [Seahawks coach] Jim Mora might not be happy about that for right now, but we will get the football lines back on there for him."
Romero also had some thoughts on a projected starting lineup: "Forwards [Nate] Jaqua and Fredy Montero, midfielders Brad Evans and Sebastien Le Toux, defender James Riley and goalkeeper Kasey Keller are virtual locks. Steve Zakuani and Sanna Nyassi are vying to be the other starting outside halfback, and Osvaldo Alonso is manning the other center-midfield spot at present with veterans Peter Vagenas and Freddie Ljungberg out with injuries. Taylor Graham, Nathan Sturgis, Patrick Ianni, Tyrone Marshall and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, a Colombian national who signed Wednesday, appear to be the top contenders for the three other defensive starting spots."

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