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Attention returns to pitch tonight at Colorado

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on July 28, 2012 at 1:08 am with No Comments »
July 27, 2012 7:08 pm

The Sounders’ personnel moves of yesterday sort of overshadowed the fact that they get back on the pitch today for an MLS Western Conference match.

Here are the basics:

6 p.m., Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo.
KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
CLUB LEADERS: For Seattle: G 8, Eddie Johnson; A 6, Mauro Rosales; S 76 Fredy Montero; SOG 27, Montero; GAA 0.47, Michael Gspurning. For Colorado: G 5, Jaime Castrillon and Omar Cummings; A 6, Martin Rivero; S 38, Rivero; SOG 16, Cummings; GAA 1.43, Matt Pickens.
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 6-1-1 overall, including five straight wins. The series is even at 1-1-1 at DSG Park. This is the final meeting of the season.
NOTES: Colorado is on a five-game losing streak, being outscored 9-3. Seattle is 1-1-3 over the same period. … Sounders All-Stars Johnson and Osvaldo Alonso should be available, and Gspurning could make his first appearance since May 2. … This is Seattle’s first visit to Colorado since April 22 of last season when a reckless tackle by Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan fractured the right leg of Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani. … Zakuani is listed as probable for tonight. … Colorado’s Pablo Mastroeni (headaches) is out; Conor Casey (hamstring) is questionable and Cummings (ankle) probable. … Colorado has the most losses in MLS and the fewest draws. … The Rapids are 5-4-1 at home; the Sounders are 2-2-6 on the road. … Former Seattle defenders Tyrone Marshall and Tyson Wahl now play for the Rapids. … Colorado’s average home attendance is 15,184. … Johnson and Andy Rose are one caution away from yellow-card suspension. … The referee is Paul Ward.
QUOTABLE: “I don’t think there’s any way around it for an incoming team. I think it’s an advantage (for the Rapids at home) any way you look at it.” – Wahl, on playing at mile-high elevation.
NEXT: Seattle opens 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League group play at 7 p.m. Thursday, meeting Caledonia of Trinidad. The Sounders return to MLS play Aug. 5 versus Los Angeles. Both are at CenturyLink Field.

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