Major League Soccer's preseason spotlight returns to Arizona as the Desert Diamond Cup kicks of in Tucson. It's an all-MLS event, and the championship game Saturday will be televised on NBC Sports Network.
Seattle has got some big questions to answer, having lost Fredy Montero and Jeff Parke during the offseason. The burden of leading the offense will fall to Honduran winger Mario Martinez, Argentine playmaker Mauro Rosales and U.S. national team forward Eddie Johnson. And of course, there's the ever-present Osvaldo "Honey Badger" Alonso in midfield.
New England doesn't get much attention across MLS, as much because of cavernous Gillette Stadium as because of its lack of quality players. But coach Jay Heaps might just have found some gems in youngsters Diego Fagundez, Kelyn Rowe, Saer Sene and Jerry Bengtson. Tonight would be a good time for the Revolution to start claiming their own share of the spotlight.
Kickoff for this game is 7:00 p.m. Eastern.
New England Revolution (4-4-2)
Goalkeeper: Bobby Shuttleworth
Defenders: Andrew Farrell, A.J. Soares, José Gonçalves, Chris Tierney
Midfielders: Lee Ngyuen, Clyde Simms, Kalifa Cissé, Gabe Latigue
Forwards: Diego Fagundez, Jerry Bengtson
Seattle Sounders (4-1-3-2)
Goalkeeper: Michael Gspurning
Defenders: Leo Gonzalez, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Djimi Traore, Adam Johansson
Midfielders: Osvaldo Alonso; Steve Zakuani, Brad Evans, Mauro Rosales
Forwards: David Estrada, Eddie Johnson