Rapids win, 1-0. It's their fourth 1-0 game in a row and sixth of the season. Tonight's one goal was stuck by Conor Casey, his fourth of the season but first in run of play.
The Sounders fall to 3-5-3 and remain stuck at 12 points.
The offense that seemed to appear against Boca, disappeared again. (And a bit of a reality check was added to that game tonight in Portland, where the second-division Timbers also put three in the back of the net on Boca in a 3-2 win.)
Here are the official stats from Colorado
Scoring Summary:COL - Conor Casey 63 Seattle Sounders FC: Kasey Keller, James Riley, Tyrone Marshall, Jeff Parke, Leo Gonzalez, Patrick Ianni, Freddie Ljungberg, Brad Evans, Pat Noonan (Roger Levesque 83), Fredy Montero (Miguel Montaño 76), Steve Zakuani (Sanna Nyassi 63). Substitutes Not Used: Terry Boss, Zach Scott, Tyson Wahl, Nathan Sturgis. TOTAL SHOTS: 9; SHOTS ON GOAL: 1; OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 4; FOULS: 8; SAVES 4. Colorado Rapids: Matt Pickens, Marvell Wynne, Julien Baudet, Drew Moor, Danny Earls, Pablo Mastroeni, Mehdi Ballouchy, Jeff Larentowicz, Wells Thompson (Colin Clark 61), Omar Cummings (Quincy Amarikwa 89), Conor Casey.Substitutes Not Used: Claudio Lopez, Ross LaBauex, Andre Akpan, Ian Joyce, Scott Palguta. TOTAL SHOTS: 10; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; OFFSIDES: 3; CORNER KICKS: 6; FOULS: 13; SAVES 1. Misconduct Summary:SEA - Leo Gonzalez (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 46+COL - Pablo Mastoeni (caution; Tactical Foul) 48+SEA - Patrick Ianni (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 52SEA - Freddie Ljungberg (caution; Dissent) 53COL - Marvell Wynne (caution; Reckless Tackle) 71COL - Conor Casey (caution; Dissent) 93+ Referee: Jair MarrufoReferee's Assistants: Greg Barkey; Peter Manikowski4th Official: Ramon HernandezAttendance: 18,116Time of Game: 1:15Weather: 70 degrees and Cloudy
Next, the Sounders return home for what suddenly loom as a pair of crucial matches before the World Cup break: New England a week from today, and D.C. United on June 16. After the World Cup break, the Sounders return to action at Philly. So that's really three games coming up where they should be shooting for three points each time.
But all of that is for another day. I'll be back with notes and quotes.
Replay at 9 on FSN, and again at 10 a.m. Sunday.
76th minute: Montano for Montero.
63rd minute: Conor Casey puts Colorado up 1-0. He ran onto a nice pass from Cummings, muscled down a challenge from Jeff Parke, and then lofted a little chip over Kasey Keller, who had come out to help when Parks went to the ground.
52nd minute: It had struck me for much of the first half, that Ljungberg seemed to be making a good effort to control his temper. However, that seems to have given way as he just picked a caution for dissent, moments after Ianni picked up a yellow for a tackle from behind.
Second half: Has begun. Sounders now have what appears to be a pretty stiff wind at their backs.
Stoppage time: Zakuani to Ljungberg in space behind the Rapids defense. Ljunberg carries for about 40 yards but got a challenge from the defense deep in the area and fired high over the crossbar.
38th minute:Ianni puts a nice aggressive one-touch volley on goal. Slapped away, but a nice effort, and it earns the Sounders their first corner of the game.
31st minute: Sigi Schmid, in a sideline TV interview, calls the first half-hour "OK." He seems to imply the Soudners might have over-passed on a couple of their changes. And he clearly doesn't like the way his defense has handled the Colorado corners so far.
16th minute: First good Sounders chance: Ljungberg carries into the area and floats a pass just a little too long and high for unmarked Pat Noonan to head on target.
(The crowd looks like it's filled in pretty nicely now.)
Ninth minute: And another, as Cummings puts a point-blank header straight into Kasey Keller.
Very shaky start.
Sixth minute: Sounders dodge a bullet. Wonderful stretch of five passes around the penalty area before a cross to Conor Casey was misfired off target.
Kickoff: Here we go. Sounders in green/green; Rapids in burgundy/white.
Wind seems to be whipping. But, wow, that crowd looks terrible. Nice seeing the rave and electricity in the stands, through.
Lineup: Sounders going with an interesting lineup: GK Keller, D Gonzalez, Marshall, Parke, Riley; M Evans, Ljungberg, Ianni; F Zakuani, Montero, Noonan.
Pregame: Sounders kick off at Colorado at 6 p.m. I'll keep this post open all evening for pregame news, in-game reports, postgame notes and quotes; and of course comments all the way through.