After all the action off the pitch Friday it may be tempting to overlook a Saturday match at the Colorado Rapids. This Western Conference "six-pointer" could effectively limit the Rapids from Playoff contention while raising the Sounders above Vancouver after their loss. Nabbing the win will require a different order of goals than the Sounders typically score.
Seattle typically starts slow and performs their goal magic late in the games. This is the same pattern that the Rapids use, especially at home where the thin mountain air will strain the lungs of even the best athletes. A quick start would shift the match forcing Colorado to press and allow the Sounders to more selectively use their energy.
The Rapids are no longer a thuggish team that uses fouls and high elevation to win games. They are shifting to a more beautiful game and have a few offensive threats that can handle the ball. Players like Edu, Omar Cummings, Joseph Nane and Martin Rivero can maintain possession quite well. Seattle can counter this by taking advantage of set-plays (+4 advantage over Rapids). With the likely return of Michael Gspurning to the starting lineup this match is more likely to come down to the scoring prowess of Eddie Johnson and Fredy Montero than it is the Sounders giving up soft goals.
The broadcast is on KONG and 97.3 FM at 6:00 PM Pacific.
REFEREE: Paul Ward - MLS Career: 36 games; FC/gm: 23.1; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 11; pens: 7
SAR (bench): Kevin Duliba; JAR (opposite): Chris Strickland; 4th: Mark Declouet
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: SEA: Eddie Johnson, Andy Rose
Team Statistics Matchups
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- Dominate Dead Balls
- Quick Start
- Feed Eddie & Fredy
- Prepare to Last
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