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Sounders are top of the table

Sounders are back in their familiar spot atop the Supporters' Shield standings.

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0: The Sounders have allowed zero goals in Zach Scott's three starts this year. That's not to suggest that he should be getting minutes from Chad Marshall, but it does suggest the Sounders have more center back depth than they've had in awhile.

1: Marco Pappa scored his first goal of the season. You knew it would come eventually, but it was still nice to see the Guatemalan return to his scoring ways. Just because it was so awesome, we should probably watch it again:

1.92: After their win, the Sounders not only moved into the Supporters' Shield lead with 23 points, but they also have the best points per game (1.92). No one else in MLS is better than 1.75. If they keep up this pace for they year, they'd claim 65 points, one more than their Shield-winning total of a year ago.

7: The Sounders now have seven shutouts for the season. They've needed only 12 games to reach that mark and they're currently working on a 302-minute shutout streak. A year ago, they didn't register their seventh shutout until the 21st match of the season.

9: With another +1 in the books, the Sounders improved their goal-difference to +9. That's not only the best in MLS, but no one else is better than +3.

13: When Pappa registers a goal or an assist, the Sounders are 13-1-0 all-time.

15: There's no team against whom the Sounders have enjoyed more success than the Rapids. The Sounders have now gone 15-2-2 in all competitions against them, which includes a U.S. Open Cup victory (2009) and a playoff win (2013).

18: It may not sound like a ton of goals through 12 matches -- and the Sounders are well off their pace of a year ago -- but their 18 tallies are tied for the most in MLS this year.

48: Stefan Frei leads MLS with 48 saves after making four more against the Rapids. Frei also leads MLS in shutouts (seven), wins (seven), goals against average (.75) and save percentage (84.2).

150: Brad Evans made his 150th regular-season appearance for the Sounders, second only to Osvaldo Alonso during the MLS era. Even including the NASL and USL Sounders, Evans' 186 appearances across all competitions ranks fifth all time (credit: @frankmsounders).

425: If the Sounders seemed to have a lot of the ball in the first half, well, that's because they did. The Sounders attempted 425 passes and completed 382. MLS records only go back five years for this kind of thing, but no team has attempted or completed more in a half in that time. The pace slowed considerably in the second half, but the Sounders still attempted 692 passes, completed 83 percent of them and ended up with 70 percent of the possession. Those are all season-highs and continue a trend of maintaining the vast majority of possession that goes back to the Columbus match.

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