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Quick look ahead to Sounders-Rapids

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on May 28, 2010 at 4:26 pm with No Comments »
May 28, 2010 4:29 pm

A quick look ahead to the Sounders’ return to league play Saturday at Colorado:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (3-4-3; 12 pts.)
AT COLORADO RAPIDS (4-3-1; 13 pts.)
6 p.m. Saturday, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo.
KONG. RADIO: 97.3 FM (1210 AM in Spanish).

HEAD TO HEAD: Last season, the clubs played to a draw at Colorado, while the Sounders won the return match at home as well as a third-round match in U.S. Open Cup. This season’s return match is scheduled for July 25 at Qwest Field, and the start time has been moved to 7:30 p.m.

TEAM LEADERS: For Seattle: G 3, Steve Zakuani and Fredy Montero; A 3, Montero; S 27, Montero; SOG 10, Montero. For Colorado: G 3, Conor Casey; A 1, Casey and Mehdi Ballouchy; S 17, Casey; SOG 8, Omar Cummings.

SIGI SCHMID SCOUTING REPORT: “They are a somewhat direct team and they are pretty dangerous because of the people they have up front. … They are going to want to get the result at home. We have shown we are a good road team. We have got to do that again.”

NOTES: Colorado is 1-1-1 at home; Seattle is 1-1-2 on the road. … The Sounders have one win in their last six games. The Rapids snapped a two-game losing streak with a win over D.C. United in their last league game. All three of those game were decided 1-0, and the Rapids have played in five 1-0 games this season. … Both teams played out of league on Wednesday: Seattle beat Boca Juniors, 3-0, in a home friendly, while Colorado was beaten, 3-0, in a U.S. Open Cup qualifier at New York. … Six of the seven goals Colorado has conceded this season have come from set pieces. … For Colorado, Kosuke Kimura (ankle), Ciaran O’Brien (hip) and Ross Schunk (ACL) are out, and Jamie Smith (hamstring) is doubtful. For Seattle, Nate Jaqua (abdomen), Michael Fucito (knee) and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (knee), Osvaldo Alonso (quadriceps) and Peter Vagenas (quad) are out. … Neither club has any international absences. … Pat Noonan signed with Seattle after being released by the Rapids. … Tyrone Marshall will be suspended for one game if he picks up a yellow card. … The referee is Jair Marrufo. … Colorado averages 10,483 per home game, 12th in MLS.

NEXT: New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m. June 5, Qwest Field.

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