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Saturday comes: Sounders-Rapids at 1 p.m.

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on April 26, 2014 at 1:08 am with No Comments »
April 26, 2014 8:29 am

logorapids-19[1]The Sounders return home today for a Western Conference match with the Colorado Rapids.

Here’s our preview story from today’s paper, spotlighting DeAndre Yedlin and Colorado’s young stars.

Below, a few basics on today’s match:

COLORADO RAPIDS (3-1-2; 11 POINTS)
AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (4-2-1; 13 POINTS)
1 p.m. Saturday, CenturyLink Field.
TV:
Channel 13. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
HEAD TO HEAD: The Sounders lead the MLS series 8-2-2 overall and 5-0-1 in Seattle. Those eight wins represent the club record over a single opponent. Last season, Sounders FC eliminated the Rapids from the knockout round of the playoffs, 2-0. The teams will meet again Aug. 30 at CenturyLink Field and Oct. 5 at Commerce City, Colo.
NOTES: Seattle is 1-2 at home, while Colorado is 2-0-1 on the road. … The Sounders are second in the Western Conference. Colorado is fourth but has a game in hand and would pass Seattle with a win on Saturday. … Seattle designated player Clint Dempsey has recorded a goal or assist over five straight games, the longest streak in MLS. He is a co-leader in the Golden Boot race with six goals. … Obafemi Martins is the MLS assists leader with four. Martins’ game-winner last weekend at Chivas USA was voted MLS goal of the week. … Colorado forward Edson Buddle is one away from his 100th MLS regular-season goal. … The Rapids lead MLS with four penalty kick goals. However, they have taken the fewest shots (71) and have three or fewer shots on goal in three of their matches. … The Sounders are second in MLS in goals scored (14), while the Rapids are third in goals-against average (0.83). … The Sounders completed a three-game trip in which they went 2-0-1 despite conceding the first goal in each match. Colorado is coming off of a scoreless home draw with San Jose. … Seattle midfielder Brad Evans (calf) is expected to be available, while defender Leo Gonzalez (hamstring) is doubtful. Colorado defender Brian Mullan (knee) is out, while midfielder Jose Mari (quad) and former Seattle defender Marc Burch (hamstring) are questionable. … The Sounders are unbeaten (8-0-5) over their last 13 matches in April. … The referee is Armando Villarreal.
QUOTABLE: “They haven’t been giving up a lot on the back, and I think it’s really their defensive play that’s helped them get results on the road.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on the Rapids.
NEXT: The Sounders will continue their three-game homestand at 7 p.m. May 3 against the Philadelphia Union.

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