Match Thread: Real Salt Lake v. Seattle Sounders, Desert Diamond Cup final

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Real Salt Lake takes on Seattle Sounders in about an hour in the Desert Diamond Cup final. It's our first chance for some silverware, and although it's preseason, it never hurts to get a taste for it early on.

As discussed in today's match preview, the starting lineup takes on a more familiar appearance; the only two players not with the club in 2012 are Robbie Findley and Khari Stephenson, the former of whom is not unfamiliar with most of the players involved.

Alvaro Saborio and Robbie Findley start together, which speaks well toward the latter's fitness moving into the season. It's of vital importance that he's raring to go come March 3, when we take on San Jose Earthquakes.

Khari Stephenson starts after officially signing with the club on Friday.

If the match ends in a draw, there will be penalty kicks to determine the winner.

Starting lineup

Rimando; Beltran, Kwame, Schuler, Mansally; Beckerman (c), Velasquez, Stephenson, Grabavoy; Saborio, Findley

Seattle Sounders starting lineup

Hahnemann; Remick, Zavaleta, Fairclough, Burch; Neagle, Carrasco, Rose, Caskey; Estrada, Ochoa.

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