Sounders at Colorado Rapids - Gamethread

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

This is a much better team than most expected, but Seattle can manage the whitewater. They are Sounders.

No Dempsey. No Traore. No Gonzalez. No Problem. For all the doubts about depth this match is another reminder that this Seattle Sounders FC side emerged as the Supporters' Shield favorite and has never fielded an Ideal XI. NBC Sports Network shows the Rave Green in all their glory at 7 PM. The Colorado Rapids will also be on the TV.

Fullback play will be a defining factor in the match as Marc Burch will need to help create on offense and the other three regular starters all get forward quite a bit. Those individual battles feature speed, craft and potential future US National Teamers.

The Rapids don't have a great middle. If Seattle can win that they can find a new path to scoring as Colorado is strong defending set-pieces and Seattle may struggle to get EJ & Lamar the ball from the flanks. Route C will be something new and different. Let it lead to goals.

TV: NBC SN (Strong/Dunseth)
Radio: 97.3 FM (Fletcher/Keller
Spanish Radio: La Gran D 99.3 FM (Aleman/Hernandez)

Referee: David Gantar - MLS Career: 21 games; FC/gm: 25.6; Y/gm: 2.9; R: 8; pens: 1
AR1 (bench): Philippe Briere; AR2 (opposite): Corey Parker; 4th: Baldomero Toledo

Disabled List: SEA: Josh Ford | CR: Davy Armstrong (season-ending injury); Kory Kindle (season-ending injury)

Suspended: SEA: None
Suspended next yellow card: SEA: Leo Gonzalez, Zach Scott, Djimi Traore | CR: Shane O'Neill, Dillon Powers
Suspended next two yellow cards: Osvaldo Alonso, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Adam Moffat, Brad Evans | CR: Hendry Thomas

International Absences: None

Tactical Keys

  • Prevent Their Wides From Threatening
  • Route C Soccer
  • Dominate Centrally

Player Matchups

How We're Watching
Scarf: adidas Originals Fisherman's Shawl
Kit: Enemy's Gate Is Down
Where I'm Watching: With Family

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