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Schmid, Evans, Pineda on Rapids defense that has four shutouts in five games

colorado_150The Sounders will spend their Saturday night in Colorado, trying to get a ball or two into the net against a Rapids defense that has allowed just two goals in the season's first five games -- including four shutouts.

Some Sounders discuss the challenge:

Coach SIGI SCHMID: They’ve really improved themselves defensively in terms of the midfield. (Marcell) Sarvas is a new addition. (Lucas) Pittinari is a new addition. (Sam) Cronin is a new addition in there. They’ve revamped their whole defensive midfielder group. They’re playing basically a 4-5-1 or whatever you want to call it, so they’re a lot more concerned about getting back. But they’re also stepping up and providing pressure on teams more, and that’s what helping them out a lot defensively. So they’re eliminating a lot of things before it get to their back line.

EVANS: They’ve played really well defensively this year. Theyr’e all on the same page. They’ve got everybody playing for the right reasons and the right cause. The first couple of games they were getting chances but they just weren't finishing. All of a sudden they explode against Dallas. So obviously dangerous on both sides of the ball. They’re defensive minded but also now they’ve gotten the goals underneath their belts. It’s a dangerous time to play that team.

PINEDA: Last year it was really hard to beat them, so for sure playing away could be a huge challenge. But we have to achieve these three points. ... It is a good midfield. I think with Sarvas they improve a little bit more. I think it’s going to be a good match in there.