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Sounders dominate Rapids, earn 19th win

Seattle's 19th win puts them back on the top of the Supporters' Shield standings. Obafemi Martins scored a brace to lead the team in its 4-1 win over Colorado.

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Seattle Sounders FC came at the Colorado Rapids in waves. The initial foray to declare superiority started in the fifth minute with the Rave Green dominating in the attacking third. Their shots wouldn't go in, but they earned corners. That early dominance was a signal of future chunks. Rarely would the Rapids do more than hold the match even.

Clint Dempsey scored first (11') with simple finish from the penalty spot. Chad Marshall's header off a corner hit Marvell Wynne in the arms. It wasn't Wynne's first mistake.

Despite playing against a speedy backline, Dempsey and Obafemi Martins worked well with wonderful passing and movement. Martins goal in the 28th minute came from Marco Pappa. Five minutes later Pappa and Dempsey connected on a thing of magic.

At three-nil Seattle's dominance faded away. Deshorn Brown made a routine of getting open for unmarked headers. He also made a routine of missing those. He continued to find ways to get open. After a chaotic sequence in about 12 yards from goal the ball knocked out to Brown and he finished simply.

The three-one halftime lead was fair.

Colorado would not make a contest out of the second half. New signing Zat Knight entered, but their problems were not with a single player, but the whole of their team. Obafemi Martins' second goal came through tricky interaction between Clint and Lamar Neagle. The low cross to Oba sitting on the back post was something that they attempted to repeat to get the MVP candidate a hattrick.

As bad as last year's loss to Colorado was this match was that good. Exceptional things happened. Seattle kept pace with, or pressure on, the Galaxy and now have the chance to continue their record setting year.

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