Earlier in the season, Seattle played a disappointing loss at Colorado. Tomorrow, we'll get a chance to exact revenge and show that we're making the right steps towards finishing the season strong. Our past several matches have been a sign of hope, but if we're to keep it alive we can't give Colorado any room in this precious home match.
What: Home Rematch against Colorado for Week #16? 15? doesn't really matter at this point
Who: Colorado Rapids
Where: Qwest Field
When: 730PM FSC, 97.3 KIRO
Freddie Notably Missing in the Official Sounders Matchday, then again, so is Blaise
cRapids Preview, GoooooSoooounnnders
Cheat Sheet for Who You'll Be Looking At, Sounder@<3
If you're feeling lucky
Key to the Match: Playing smart
If the Sounders matchday card is any sort of indication of Sigi's mental game plan, then he's taking a chance by going for youth and energy at first, and most likely going to sub in the likes of Nkufo and Alonso later in the game. This could be good, because Colorado are by no means an LA-type of team. They play scrappy ball, kind of like us at our worst, and when two scrappy teams meet usually the one with the more energy to run and make those 50-50 balls wins. Then again, when two scrappy teams meet, the result usually has more to do with luck or poor refereeing than anything else.
That's why it'll be important to see if young guy Mike Seamon can control the field. He's pretty much been thrown into the things since he's come from Villanova as a rookie a couple weeks ago. In that time, he's logged some starting minutes and has shown good poise. But does he have composure? This will be the game to cement that feeling, and see if he can work effectively underneath Nkufo and our forwards. If he can grab an assist or two, while shutting down Colorado's center (not that they need it, scrappy teams just play long balls down the sides), then we may not even need to shell out the big bucks for another DP once Fernandez gets here. In any case, this will be a big game for Seamon, and a chance for him to show off what he's learned this past week.
Players to Step Up: Mike Seamon, Jeff Parke, Roger Levesque
Players to Watch Out For: Conor Casey, Omar Cummings, Pablo Mastroeni