Tomorrow, the Seattle Sounders face the Colorado Rapids on the road. The Rapids sit just below Seattle in the Western Conference standings, with a 1-1-3 record. But Sounders fans shouldn't let the record deceive them. This is a dangerous Rapids team that just defeated FC Dallas 4-0 on the road. That's after scoring 0 goals in their first four matches.
So why has Colorado struggled, until recently, to convert their chances? Let's dive into the numbers to see what we can find.
Notable Player Absences
Midfielder Sam Cronin will be out for the Rapids, as he's recovering from a concussion.
Colorado has yet to score a goal at home, although they've averaged 19 shots per game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (compared to 11.8 shots PG overall). Despite the high number of shots, Colorado has yet to score any goals at home. Let's hope that trend continues.
While the Rapids have only scored four goals this season — all last week — they've also conceded just two goals, both at home. The Rapids have managed four shutouts in their opening five games. That they did this with a combination of eight different defenders across the back four is even more impressive.
While the Sounders take the fewest shots per game, Seattle leads the league in the percentage of shot attempts on frame, at 54 percent.
The Rapids victory over Dallas last weekend was the team's first win in 18 games. Let's hope they didn't open up the floodgates. What are your predictions for this match? Who scores for the Sounders?