It is a cold but clear day in Tucson as the Sounders prepare for a Desert Friendly against Veracruz of the Mexican second division.
First kick is scheduled for 6 p.m. (PT). There is no streaming, radio or TV. I will provide updates here and through tweets @donruiztnt.
The Sounders are expected to go with something like a first-11 lineup. And if you’re wondering why they’re doing that tonight, rather than tomorrow when the Desert Diamond Cup is at stake, here’s what Coach Sigi Schmid had to say today:
“It’s always nice to win something and to win some silverware. We actually debated about that as a coaching staff. We were asking ourselves, ‘Do we maybe play our first team on Saturday to try and win this thing? Or do we stay with the team of playing our first team tonight against Veracruz?’ We decided to stay with our plan that we’re not trying to win a battle here and lose the war. We want to make sure that we prepare properly for our season opener but that we also prepare properly for Tigres. So if we win the trophy Saturday night that’ll be great and that’ll be a tribute to our depth and our reserves guys, because they’re going to bear the brunt of the load in that game. But if we don’t, it’s not going to shatter us.”