Seattle Sounders FC moved to the top Major League Soccer on Wednesday with a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids at CenturyLink Field.
The result moved the Sounders to 7-3-2 (23 points), one point ahead of D.C. United. Colorado burrowed deeper into last place at 2-3-7.
But for all that difference in the standings, all that separated the Sounders and the Rapids on Wednesday was a goal by Marco Pappa in the 16th minute when he curled a shot into the upper far corner from 20 yards out. It was his first goal of the season.
Seattle dominated the first half with 76 percent of possession. The Rapids were more competitive and dangerous in the second half, but couldn’t find the equalizer.
“It was a great goal by Marco Pappa,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “… I’m happy obviously with the three points. It’s never easy playing midweek games. There were a lot of young kids that stepped in”
The Sounders were playing the middle match in a stretch of three games in nine days. Schmid used the opportunity to alter his lineup, giving rare starts to Leo Gonzalez and Zach Scott along the back line, and Cristian Roldan and Andy Rose at midfield.