On Wednesday, the Seattle Sounders face the Colorado Rapids at CenturyLink Field. This is the second meeting for the clubs; the first was a 3-1 Sounders win that included two goals from Lamar Neagle and a gorgeous turn and goal from Obafemi Martins.
The Sounders are coming off a 0-0 draw with Sporting KC, while the Rapids just defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0.
What can we expect from this mid-week match? Let's dive into the data.
For the Sounders, Obafemi Martins is expected to suit up, although Gonzalo Pineda is unlikely to play after hurting his ankle over the weekend.
Marcelo Sarvas is out after getting knee surgery at the end of April. Marlon Hairston (hamstring) and Nick LaBrocca (concussion) are likely out as well, while Dillon Serna and Shane O’Neill are with the U.S. U-23 national team for the Toulon Tournament.
Colorado's away-game stats are a bit inconsistent: the Rapids have gone unbeaten in their first five games away. They've only allowed 2 goals and scored 60% of their 10 goals on the road, but their possession is far less superior when traveling. The Rapids can only claim a 35% possession rate on the road, and manage 65 fewer passes per game.
While the Rapids have struggled to find the back of the net, they are tied with the Sounders for the fewest goals allowed (9). The Sounders' three goals in Colorado earlier this season account for 33% of all goals allowed.
Despite having the third-fewest shot attempts per game in MLS, three Sounders rank in the top 10 for the percentage of shots that are on goal. Obafemi Martins is first (68.85), Lamar Neagle is second (68.4%), and Clint Dempsey is tied for eighth (55%). On the other hand, the Colorado Rapids take a lot of shots, but don't score a lot of goals.
Onto the infographic! What are your predictions for this match?