Heading into Saturday's home match against the Colorado Rapids, the Seattle Sounders hope to earn a much different result than that of Week 7's 3-1 loss in Colorado. Head coach Sigi Schmid recognized the threat that the Rapids present to the Sounders: "I think it'll be a good game, obviously Colorado is on top of the table in the West. They're a team that's full of confidence and they're playing well."
The fixture against Colorado is also the last match that Seattle will have a full squad for, as a number of players are likely to be called up to national team duty next week for the Copa America. But Schmid doesn't care to think about that going into the weekend, choosing rather to focus on getting the result like he would for any other match. He said, "We want to win every game that we step into and that we play. Colorado's the next game up on the list, doesn't matter if it was them or Dallas again or Kansas City, we want to win this next game."
As far as the team's health as of today, Schmid said that Nelson Valdez "did more today" in training. The forward was a late scratch for the trip to Dallas due to a calf strain, and seems questionable as of Thursday.
Michael Farfan, who has yet to feature for the Sounders this season, "had a little bit of a setback" due to an adductor injury, according to Schmid.
The most potentially worrisome injury is to Chad Marshall; Schmid said that the defender "felt a little bit of something at the beginning of Wednesday's practice" and did not train outside with the team on Thursday. Marshall told Schmid on Thursday morning that "he feels really good." Schmid declined to give details on the player's injury.