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Sounders turn attention ahead to Colorado weekend

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on April 16, 2013 at 9:24 am with No Comments »
April 16, 2013 9:27 am

logorapids-19The Sounders aren’t training today, and therefore little or no club news expected.

So, it might be a good day to start looking ahead to Saturday, when the club will continue it’s quest for a win at Colorado.

And a bit on the matchup from MLS:

Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 3 p.m. (PT)
· For the second match in a row, the Rapids scored within the opening 10 minutes of a game and made it stand up. Rookie Deshorn Brown converted a penalty kick in the seventh minute of Colorado’s 1-0 win against Chivas USA on Saturday evening.

· Sounders FC are still looking for their first MLS victory of 2013, following their scoreless draw with the New England Revolution on Saturday. It’s the longest Sounders FC have started an MLS season without a win.

· Sounders FC have won six consecutive meetings between the teams, dating back to the 2010 season. They have won seven of nine league matches in the series, with one draw.

· Sounders FC have won all five meetings lifetime in Seattle. The lone Rapids victory came May 29, 2010, a 1-0 triumph at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

And a basic look ahead from the club:

The light April schedule wraps up next Saturday as Sounders FC visits the Colorado Rapids for the first of three meetings this season. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. PT from Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

Saturday’s match will be televised live on KONG 6/16 with Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller calling the action, and can be heard on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. La Gran D 99.3 FM will also broadcast the game in Spanish.

Still searching for its first victory of the regular season, Sounders FC (0-3-2, 2 points) held New England scoreless on Saturday at CenturyLink Field for the team’s first clean sheet of the season.

Having played just five matches through the opening seven weeks, Sounders FC hopes to turn its games in hand into points as all but two opponents have played more matches. Seattle sits just six points out of a five-way tie for fourth in the West, and will look to find its spark on the road with the next three matches away from home.

The Colorado Rapids (2-3-2, 8 points) are currently riding a three-game unbeaten streak, including back-to-back wins, which catapulted the club into the fourth-place tie. The Rapids have split their three home contests of the season, going 1-1-1, and will look to avenge the 2012 series when Sounders FC won all three meetings.

Saturday will mark the first time Steve Zakuani will return to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park since suffering a broken leg on April 22, 2011.

Sounders FC will then return to Seattle to continue training during next weekend’s bye. Seattle’s reserve squad will host the San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday, April 23. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. PT at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash.

Seattle’s next league match is May 4 at Philadelphia, and the team will continue on the road with a midweek match at Kansas City on May 8. The next home date is May 11 when Sounders FC hosts San Jose on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.

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