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Monthly look ahead: underdog every time in April

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The last time Seattle was an underdog in every match in a month? Probably March 2009.

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Looking at the month ahead and things get slower, if not easier. There's a little problem when a club loses as much as the Seattle Sounders have to start the season. They become the underdogs in all upcoming matches. Though there are only two MLS games, the away leg of the CCL and two Reserve games for the big club there is no reason that previous performances say they should win any of them.

Dire times indeed.

at Santos Laguna - April 9th - 5 PM
This one was always going to have the Sounders going up against the odds. After the first leg loss there is little reason to think that Seattle can push forward and nab at least one more goal than the side from Torreon. Good news? At least you can watch the match with us.

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It does not get easier with league play.

home v New England Revolution - April 13 - 1 PM
These Revolution are not as bad as their current record, nor is their current record as bad as Seattle's record. But, they don't score well and so maybe Seattle gets its first shutout in competitive matches. Yes, this is a home game where Sagarin's predictive model says the home side loses.

at Colorado Rapids - April 20th - 3 PM
The Rapids are not very good. They leak goals in the early season. In fact they and Chicago are battling Seattle for the worst team in MLS after five weeks of play. Again bookmakers would have the Rave Green as underdogs.

There is a little benefit for the month though. With the roster coming together late and then the all the national team calls there has been little practice together. April provides that opportunity. There are also a Reserve games on April 15th at the Galaxy and the 23rd hosting San Jose to further train the squad.

That time will be needed, because May will be intense with five league matches, a Reserve game against Orlando City, an Open Cup match and if miracles happen April 24th and May 1st will have the CCL FInal.