Here's a quick look at the Sounders-Rapids game, a home match against a Western rival that is extremely important to the Sounders' playoff hopes.
“Obviously it’s an important game because it’s a six-point-swing game," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said this week. "We have got to show that we can beat a Western Conference opponent. That’s important as well."
COLORADO RAPIDS (6-4-5, 23 pts.)SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (5-8-4, 19 points)7:30 p.m. Sunday, Qwest Field.TV: Fox Soccer Channel.RADIO: 97.3 FM (1210 AM in Spanish).HEAD TO HEAD: 1-1-1. Colorado won the May 29 meeting in Commerce City, Colo., 1-0, on a Conor Casey goal in the 63rd minute.TEAM LEADERS: For Colorado – G 7, Casey; A 3, three players tied; S 35, Casey; SOG 18, Omar Cummings; GAA, 0.93, Matt Pickens. For Seattle – G 6, Fredy Montero; A 7, Montero; S 48, Montero; SOG 17, Montero; GAA 1.39, Kasey Keller. SCHMID SCOUTING REPORT: “They are team that, ‘Are they going to come in a 4-3-3 or are they going to come in a 4-4-2?’ It’s a little bit up in the air. They switched at halftime last week and played much better in the second half. Conor Casey is a load up front. Omar Cummings is a good compliment for him because he runs well into space. With Pablo Mastroeni and Jeff Larentowicz they got two strong, powerful midfielders who win their share of duals, for sure. And then they got Marvell Wynne. Are they going to keep him inside? Are they going to move him to right back? But certainly he is a guy who, with his physical aspect of the game, can make an impression. So they are a good team. They are a dangerous team. Colin Clark on the left is getting stronger with each week.”NOTES: Seattle is 3-4-2 at home; Colorado is 3-3-2 on the road. … The Rapids are 0-1-4 over their last five games, including a 1-1 draw with Kansas City last week. … All four Colorado losses have come by 1-0 scores. … Sounders designated player Blaise Nkufo is expected to make his MLS debut. … Casey is tied for fourth in the league in goals. However, six of his seven goals have come on penalty kicks. The other one came against the Sounders. … Seven of the 14 goals allowed by Colorado this season have come on set pieces: three free kicks, two PKs, and two corners. … Seattle defender Leo Gonzalez is suspended due to yellow-card accumulation and defender Tyrone Marshall will be suspended for one league game if he is cautioned. … Colorado midfielder Ciaran O’Brien, who played for Decatur High School in Federal Way, the USL Sounders and the Tacoma Tide, is out with a hip sprain. … Seattle is seeking its first win this season against a Western Conference opponent. … Colorado is the only MLS team not to have allowed a goal in the first 15 minutes of any game. Seattle has scored five such early goals, second-most in the league. … The game is sold out. … Kickoff has been moved forward 30 minutes from the originally announced 8 p.m. start. … The referee is Yader Reyes.NEXT: Seattle meets Metapan of El Salvador in a CONCACAF Champions League preliminary game at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Qwest Field. (About 12,000 tickets have been sold for that one.) The Sounders return to league play at 7:30 p.m. next Saturday at San Jose.