The Seattle Sounders are 2-0 against the Colorado Rapids this year, a team that hasn't won a game since July 25. But this is a road match, and Sounders fans still have last year's Rapids match in the back of our minds (or, you do now that I mentioned it). Granted, THAT Rapids team was vying for a playoff spot. THIS Rapids team would need a miracle to get above the magic red playoff line.
So, what should we expect on Sunday? Let's look at the data in this week's match-up graphic.
Player / Injury Updates
Defender Drew Moor is out with a knee injury, and midfielder Carlos Alvarez has to sit after being suspended one game by the Disciplinary Committee for entering the field to celebrate a Rapids goal.
For the Sounders, Zach Scott remains questionable but he is ZFSMM (Zach Freaking Scott, Man Marker); an ankle injury can't bring him down for too long. According to Seattle Times writer Matt Pentz, Leo Gonzalez and Gonzalo Pineda appear to be out this weekend as well.
Let's take a look at when the Sounders and Rapids score and concede goals. The Sounders defense still needs to be better in the first 15 minutes of each half, while Colorado's bunker defense seems to break down in the final 45 minutes. That could certainly be a key reason why WhoScored.com lists "Protecting the lead" as a Colorado weakness.
Seattle's defense has been a bit disorganized lately, but I want to draw attention to some bright spots:
- Chad Marshall broke the "4" barrier on interceptions per game. That's second in the league for guys who have played in more than 10 games.
- In addition to winning 69% of ALL duels, Marshall also wins 74% of all balls in the air. The man has earned the Air Marshall nickname.
- The Sounders are second in the league in interceptions per game.
- Osvaldo Alonso is third in the league in tackles won per game (again, for players with more than 10 games under their belt).
Here's to keeping these stats going. Here's to many goals scored, and few goals conceded. Here's to the supporters who will be making the trek to Colorado to cheer on our boys. Here's to victory this weekend.