There aren’t many star-studded games in the MLS Reserve League, but one today might qualify.
Steve Zakuani will be in the starting lineup, and newly acquired midfielder Mario Martinez is expected to make his debut in a rave green uniform when the Sounders FC reserves meet the Los Angeles Galaxy at 1 p.m. at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila.
Zakuani went 90 minutes in the last reserve match, his first complete game since his right leg injuries suffered April 22, 2011, in Colorado.
Martinez joined the Sounders on Friday after playing in the London Olympics with the Honduras national team. He has been assigned jersey No. 15.
“Definitely, Steve will start in the reserve game,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “And we’re going to give Mario some minutes as well. … He’s excited, and we’re excited to see him play. … He’s physically good. He’s just come from the Olympics. We just want him to get acclimated. We didn’t want to throw him in too early.”
Admission to Reserve League games is free, however there is a suggested $5 donation.
The Sounders reserves are 1-4-1 this season.