The Sounders head into a crucial home match Saturday against Portland missing star goalkeeper Stefan Frei, who remains in concussion protocol after taking a blow to the head late in last weekend's game against Chicago.

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Stefan Frei didn’t make it out of concussion protocol in time, so Bryan Meredith gets his first action of the season in goal on Saturday as the Sounders seek a much-needed win over visiting Portland.

At just 3-8-3 and with a slew of road games ahead, the Sounders desperately need a three-point result against the Timbers. They’ll have much of their familliar lineup on attack, with Will Bruin up top and Clint Dempsey, Victor Rodriguez and Nicolas Lodeiro in the midfield. Jordan McCrary has seen his foot problem subside enough to get the right back start, meaning Cristian Roldan heads back to his familliar defensive midfield role.

He’s needed there to assist Osvaldo Alonso, who has not looked very good over anything but small stretches of playing time this season.

Dempsey snapped out of his scoring slump last season and has nine goals in this Cascadia derby to lead all others.

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SOUNDERS (3-8-3)

GK Bryan Meredith

RB Jordan McCrary

CB Kim Kee-hee

CB Chad Marshall

LB Waylon Francis

MF Osvaldo Alonso

MF Cristian Roldan

MF Victor Rodriguez

MF Clint Dempsey

MF Nicolas Lodeiro

FW Will Bruin