FULL-TIME: Alex Roldan scored his first MLS goal but the Seattle Sounders were forced to settle for a road point after Michael Barrios equalized in the second half. The point did allow the Sounders to tie the MLS record for longest unbeaten streak to start a season at 12. Their overall regular-season unbeaten streak is 14 and stretches back to last season.
RAPIDS 0, SOUNDERS 1: Alex Roldan scored his first MLS goal, creating a turnover in the penalty area and then smashing the ball through goalkeeper William Yarbrough.
The Seattle Sounders are off to the best start in franchise history with 25 points through 11 matches. While seven of those games have come at home, it’s notable that they’re actually claiming more points per game on the road (2.5). But the Colorado Rapids may pose their biggest challenge yet.
The Rapids sit fourth in the Western Conference on 16 points through 9 games, which includes a 3-1-0 record at home. Since opening their home schedule with a 3-1 loss to Austin FC, the Rapids have won three straight at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and outscored opponents 9-3 in the process.
The Rapids, once denounced by their own head coach as lacking in talent, are sending three USMNT players to the upcoming Gold Cup (Sam Vines, Kelyn Acosta and Jonathan Lewis) and have a host of other talented players. Chief among them are forward Diego Rubio and midfielders Cole Bassett and Michael Barrios.
Although the Rapids have recently started to deploy a 3-5-2, they’ve so far only done so on the road. More likely, they’ll still use a 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2 that they’ve utilized in all their home matches.
- The Sounders have dropped two straight against the Rapids — both of which were played at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park — after winning the previous seven encounters.
- The Sounders are riding a 13-game regular-season unbeaten streak that dates back to last year. The Rapids are the last team to beat the Sounders in the regular season.
- If the Sounders gain a point in this game, they’ll tie the MLS record for longest unbeaten streak to start a season (12).
- The Rapids have won 5 of 6 at home and have scored at least three goals in all of those wins. The Sounders have yet to give up more than two goals in any match this year.
- The Rapids are particularly effective on set pieces, where they’ve scored an astonishing 33 goals since the start of 2019. That’s easily the most in MLS over that period.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
OUT: Jordan Morris (ACL injury); Jordy Delem (right ACL tear); Stefan Frei (left knee sprain); Nicolas Lodeiro (right knee surgery); Xavier Arreaga (international duty); Will Bruin (knee surgery)
QUESTIONABLE: Nouhou (left adductor strain)
OUT: Younes Namli (undisclosed injury)
QUESTIONABLE: Jack Price (undisclosed injury)
Referee: Kevin Stott; Ast. Referee 1: Jeremy Hanson; Ast. Referee 2: Brian Poeschel; Fourth official: Natalie Simon; VAR: Younes Marrakchi; Ast. VAR: Corey Rockwell.
How to Watch
Match date/kickoff time: Sunday, 6:08 PM
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo.
Local English TV: JOEtv (Costigan, Zakuani, Evans)
Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Costigan, Zakuani, Evans)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Local Spanish TV: KUNS-TV Univision-Seattle
INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST INFORMATION
China: China Sports Media (CSM)
Czech Republic: Nova Sport
Georgia: Silk Sport
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy & Spain: DAZN (Europe)
India: Discovery Eurosport
Latin America (excl. Brazil): ESPN Latin America
Middle East & North Africa: Abu Dhabi Sports
Southeast Asia & Oceania: beIN Sports
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.