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Scouting Report: Sounders look to continue hot start against winless Rapids

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Seattle look to continue their best start in franchise history as they travel to Colorado to take on the winless Rapids.

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What You’ll Watch

The Seattle Sounders hit the road for a game against the Colorado Rapids, the second of their two meetings this season. Last time they squared off, the Sounders jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead just eight minutes into the game and held on for the win.

The Sounders remain in second place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 4-0-1 (13 points in five games played; 2.6 ppg), while the Rapids sit in tenth place in the West with a record of 0-4-2 (two points in six games played; 0.33 ppg). Seattle enters this match coming off a 1-0 win against Real Salt Lake while the Rapids suffered a 4-3 setback against Orlando.

The Sounders are 18-5-2 all-time against the Rapids and are 7-3-1 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The have scored 20 goals and conceded 16 on the road.

A Tale of the Tape

Seattle

Leading Goal Scorer: Jordan Morris and Raúl Ruidíaz, three goals each

Assist Leader: Nicolás Lodeiro, three assists

Colorado

Leading Goal Scorer: Kei Kamara, three goals

Assist Leader: Kellyn Acosta, two assist

Injury Report, Suspensions and International Duty

Colorado

Out: Kortne Ford (knee injury)

Questionable: Kellyn Acosta (knee injury), Sam Nicholson (quad injury), Keegan Rosenberry (shoulder injury) and Diego Rubio (back injury)

Suspensions: N/A

International Duty: N/A

Seattle

Out: N/A

Questionable: Raúl Ruidíaz (right heel contusion)

Suspensions: N/A

International Duty: N/A

Match Officials

REFEREE: Ismail Elfath

AR1: Corey Parker

AR2: Gjovalin Bori

4th: Malik Badawi

VAR: Drew Fischer

AVAR: Cameron Blanchard

What to Watch

  • Despite not winning a game yet this season, the Colorado Rapids are vastly improved over the team they had last season. Their offseason strategy was to acquire proven MLS talents who were cast-offs on other rosters, and it has led to a pretty exciting team to watch.
  • Offensively, the Rapids can surprise you. Colorado plays a very aggressive, high energy tempo. They get forward quickly and take lots of shots. They are actually surprisingly good about creating opportunities inside the box. A majority of their creation comes through Jack Price and Keegan Rosenberry. They’ve taken the third-most shots inside the box in the league, and with Kei Kamara roaming the penalty area, they’re dangerous in the air.
  • For their defense, it’s a completely different story. As of last weekend’s games, they have conceded the most goals in the league (16). Because of how aggressive they are, they open themselves to all kinds of attacks at the back. If the Sounders can contain Colorado’s attack, Seattle should have plenty of opportunities to score.

How to Watch

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 10th @ 6:00 PM PT

Location: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park — Commerce City, CO

TV: JOEtv

Streaming: YouTube TV (Washington), ESPN+ (rest of U.S.)

Radio: 950 KJR AM (English), El Rey 1360AM (Spanish)