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Game(s) day comes: S2 at 1, Sounders at 7

colorado_150It's an unusual double day with Sounders 2 meeting Timbers 2 in the U.S. Open Cup at 1 at Starfire, and then the MLS Sounders in a Western Conference match against Colorado at 7 at CenturyLink.

Here's our preview story. Below some basics on the first-team match:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (6-3-2; 20 POINTS) VS. COLORADO RAPIDS (2-2-7; 13 POINTS)7 p.m., CenturyLink FieldTV: JOEtv. RADIO: 97.3 FMHEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads the series 12-2-2 overall and 7-0-1 in Seattle. The Sounders swept all three meetings last season and took the first meeting this season, 3-1, in Colorado. The clubs will meet again July 18 in Seattle.NOTES: Seattle forward Obafemi Martins is expected to return after missing two games with a leg injury. However, midfielder Gonzalo Pineda (ankle) is doubtful. Colorado midfielder Marcelo Sarvas (knee) is out. … Both teams are playing their second match in five days. Seattle played to a scoreless draw with Kansas City on Saturday, while Colorado beat Vancouver, 1-0. … Gabriel Torres leads Colorado with four goals, while Dillon Powers has five assists. Clint Dempsey leads Seattle with seven goals, and shares the team assist lead with Marco Pappa, with five each. … Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei leads MLS with 44 saves and is tied for the lead with six wins and six shutouts. Colorado’s Clint Irwin has five shutouts. Frei and Irwin have 0.82 goals-against averages. … Both teams have allowed nine goals, fewest in MLS. However, the Sounders have scored 17 and the Rapids 10. … Despite being last in the Western Conference, Colorado hasn’t lost since its April 18 match with the Sounders, going 1-0-4 since then. … Colorado has the most draws in MLS. … Seattle is 3-1-1 at home; the Rapids are 1-0-4 away. They have never gone six road games without a loss. … Sounders coach Sigi Schmid has a lifetime 26-11-8 regular-season record against Colorado, his most wins against any MLS team. … The referee is Ricardo Salazar.QUOTE: "They’re a much improved team. Obviously they’ve got some new pieces now with (Luis) Solignac; and (Kevin) Doyle played as well the last game. Is (coach Pablo Mastroeni) going to come with Doyle and start Doyle in this game. Solignac started the last game. (Juan) Ramirez is a guy who didn’t start early in the season. He started about the first time we played and has kept his starting spot up there. (Gabriel) Torres is a man possessed right now because he sees they’ve signed two forwards and he wants to stay on the field and hold onto his position, so that competition has been good. (Marcelo) Sarvas being injured a little bit right now hurts them a little because he’s a good player. But they’ve got capable players in (Sam) Cronin and (Lucas) Pittinari has done well for them. They’re a good, solid team. Dillon Powers was in and out of the lineup early on. Now he’s a constant starter for them, and the game sort of runs through him." -- Schmid on the RapidsNEXT: New York Red Bulls, 2 p.m. Sunday, CenturyLink Field. ESPN2.