However, here are some notes from the club:
Off to the best five-game start in club history, Seattle Sounders FC takes a two-week break before returning to action on April 28 at the Chicago Fire. Sounders FC currently sits third in the West and fourth overall in the MLS standings.
The Rave Green improved to 3-1-1 last Saturday, exceeding its previous best start of 3-2-0 in the inaugural campaign, and the club has averaged two points per game (fourth in MLS) this season.
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Victory number three came last Saturday as the Rave Green recorded its second straight shutout in a 1-nil home win over the Colorado Rapids. Defender Zach Scott scored his first career goal on a brilliant glancing header from Alex Caskey's corner kick in the second half.
Riding a 248-minute shutout streak, keeper Michael Gspurning and the Seattle defense have held three teams scoreless for the league's second-best goals against average (0.40).
The team will take three days off of training before returning to the practice field on Thursday to begin preparations for the year's lone match against the Chicago Fire, which will mark the 100th regular season game for Sounders FC.
Despite the pause in league play, Sounders FC will stay busy with two MLS Reserve League games, as well as a training game at Starfire Sports. The reserve team fell to the LA Galaxy, 1-0, on Monday and will return to Los Angeles to play Chivas USA next week. Tickets to home MLS matches are available through www.SoundersFC.com, all Ticketmaster Outlets, CenturyLink Field Box Office or by calling 877-MLS-GOAL.
Upcoming Competition Schedule (times are Pacific & subject to change)Saturday, April 28, 5:30 p.m. - Sounders FC at Chicago Fire, Toyota Park, Bridgeview, ILWednesday, May 2, 7 p.m. - Sounders FC vs. L.A. Galaxy, Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink FieldSaturday, May 5, 1:30 p.m. - Sounders FC vs. Philadelphia Union, Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink FieldWednesday, May 9, 5:30 p.m. - Sounders FC at FC Dallas, FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco, TXSaturday, May 12, 7 p.m. - Sounders FC vs. Real Salt Lake, Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field
Upcoming Reserve League Schedule (times are Pacific & subject to change)Monday, April 23, 11 a.m. - Sounders FC at Chivas USA, Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.Friday, June 1, 6 p.m. - Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Starfire Stadium, Tukwila, Wash.Monday, August 6, 7 p.m. - Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy, Starfire Stadium, Tukwila, Wash.
Hitting the Mark: Seattle Averaging Two Points per GameThe strong start to the 2012 MLS campaign continued last weekend as Sounders FC earned its third victory of the season with a win over the Colorado Rapids. Seattle has taken 10 points through the first five matches, marking the best start in club history (previously nine points through the first five matches in 2009). Last year - Seattle's best regular season - the team averaged 1.85 points per game, finishing second overall in the MLS standings. The club is well ahead of its 2011 pace, reaching the 10-point mark in three fewer games. Only three other teams in MLS have averaged more points per game than Seattle to start the 2012 season: Sporting Kansas City (three), San Jose Earthquakes (2.16) and Real Salt Lake (2.14).
April Foiled: Unbeaten Streak Extended to Seven The month of April has treated Sounders FC quite well. Seattle has played a total of 16 regular season games in April and has earned points in all but four contests (7-4-5), including just one loss in the past 11 April outings (5-1-5). The Rave Green used April as a springboard to success in 2011, going undefeated (3-0-2) in its five April matches. The club has extended its April unbeaten streak to seven matches this season with a draw against DC United and a win over Colorado. The last April loss for Sounders FC was on April 25, 2010 at Toronto FC.
Original Sounder Scores: Scott's First a WinnerZach Scott's game-winning goal against the Colorado Rapids was meaningful on several fronts. The header to the far post marked Scott's first career goal in over 2,000 minutes of league action (3,642 minutes over all competitions), and first competitive goal since June 24, 2008 in a 6-0 US Open Cup win. Scott also converted the decisive penalty kick in a shootout against the Portland Timbers in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup on June 30, 2010. Seattle improved to 14-4-5 with Scott in the starting lineup (18-5-6 overall).
With the goal, Scott became the final inaugural starting XI field player to score in MLS play. The original starting XI also included James Riley, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyrone Marshall, Sebastien Le Toux, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Sanna Nyassi, Nate Jaqua and Fredy Montero. In addition, the two substitutes in the inaugural game (Steve Zakuani and Roger Levesque) have also scored.
Getting Defensive: Seattle Backline Among League's EliteThe most potent attack in MLS may garner most of the attention but the backbone of Seattle's success over the past three seasons has been its defense. The trend has continued this season as Seattle has earned three shutouts in its first five matches, allowing just two goals this season (Ryan Johnson's MLS Goal of the Week in week two and Chris Wondolowski's penalty kick in Seattle's third game). Sounders FC ranks second in MLS with a 0.40 goals against average. Last season, it took 12 games for Seattle to earn three shutouts.
Patrick Ianni continues to make a positive impact as the club's only defender to play every minute this season. Seattle is 25-14-12 when Ianni starts (32-15-17 overall). Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning and midfielder Osvaldo Alonso are the only other players to have played every minute this season.
Keeping it Clean: Another Gspurning ShutoutMichael Gspurning has assumed the Seattle nets with authority. The towering Austrian is one of two keepers in MLS to allow two or fewer goals this season. Gspurning ranks second with a 0.40 goals against average, and is tied-second with three shutouts. His 248-minute shutout streak is currently the second-longest in MLS (Sporting Kansas City/Jimmy Nielsen - 337), and his saves percentage (86.7) is third among keepers. The 10-men in front of the goal box have done their part as well, allowing just 47 total shots (fourth-fewest in MLS) with just 15 shots on frame (third-fewest).
Play Smart, And HardSeattle lost the possession battle to Colorado, 60-40. The Rapids out-passed Sounders FC by nearly two-hundred, 569-375. Still, the Rave Green found a path to victory by winning 23 tackles while losing just four, as well as winning 53-percent of the duels. Seattle held the Rapids in their defensive half of the park where over 56-percent of their successful passes were completed, with just three successful passes inside Seattle's 18-yard box. And, despite not having the advantage in possession, Seattle outshot Colorado, 18-4 (5-1 on goal), and attempted seven more open play crosses and seven more corner kicks.