Bottom line: The Sounders dominated shots, possession and good chances, yet came up empty again. They fall to 4-6-1 with a third of the season behind them. The Rapids add to the Supporters Shield lead at 8-2-3.
Seattle Sounders DP forward Clint Dempsey was named today to the United States roster for Copa America Centenario next month. Jordan Morris and Brad Evans were not, but remain available to be added if injuries occur.
The Sounders are off the practice field for another day. Afterward, coach Sigi Schmid gave a brief injury update: Nelson Valdez still limited but improving, Chad Marshall held out with undisclosed issue but feeling OK, and Michael Farfan setback (adductor).
After 89 minutes of wild but scoreless soccer, Kitsap’s Javier Castro Gonzalez finally swept in a ball in front of the Sounders U-23 goal, punching the Pumas’ pass to the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.
After a day off Tuesday, the Sounders returned to training today at Starfire Sports in Tukwila. DP forward Nelson Valdez did light solo work, and while coach Sigi Schmid cited progress, he replied “We’ll see,” when asked Valdez’s status for Saturday when league-leading Colorado visits CenturyLink Field.
Saturday was a day of grim results for the region’s three biggest soccer teams, as they combined for one of a possible nine points. The Sounders lost at Dallas, S2 lost at Sacramento, and the Seattle Reign drew 1-1 at home to rival Portland.
Sounders U-23 survived the first round of the U.S. Open Cup, will visit the Kitsap Pumas on Wednesday in the second round, and a Thursday draw revealed that the winner of that match will either visit the Sacramento Republic in the third round, or play host to CD Aguiluchos USA.