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Seattle Sounders at Colorado Rapids - Gamethread

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Tonight Seattle gets to test itself versus the reigning MLS Cup holders. A test which they have generally been successful in the past (6 points in 4 played with no losses), but tonight they face a team that does not often lose at home, so Sigi's goal of 4 points during this road trip will be tough.

Seattle enters the match at full health, but not full fitness so the substitution may determine victory. Speedster Mike Fucito, strong Nate Jaqua and shooter Fredy Montero offer different options at Forward. The Sounders defense already has speed.

Today's game is on Fox Soccer Channel, and 97.3 FM for radio (ARLO!) at 6:30PM

Build-up to Match Day: Match Card | Scouting Report | Elevation | Three Questions

Opposing Looks (Burngundy Wave): Preview

Statistics

Traditional Goals Assists Save % GAA
Rapids Three (2) Seven (1) Pickens (54%) Pickens (1.20)
Sounders Two (2) Two (2) Keller (68%) Keller (1.17)
Advanced PP90  Shot +/- Team Shot +/-  90 Team ShOG +/- 90
Rapids Smith (1.28) Mullan (1.38) -0.80 0.80
Sounders Zakuani (1.21) Montero (5.28) 3.17 1.33
Opta Duels Won % Passing % Opp Pass % Possession
Rapids 50.8 72.2 76.4 47.1
Sounders 53.8 70.5 72.8 49.8

Keys to Game

  • Rapid transition from defense to offense
  • Mix overlap and secondary runs
  • Look for a shot not the shot

Matchups

  • Fredy Montero or Mauro Rosales v Marvell Wynne
  • Leo Gonzalez v Omar Cummings
  • Mauro Rosales or Alvaro Fernandez v Drew Moor

This is your gamethread

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