Sounders Insider

Ankles better -- but still uncertain -- for SSFC

The Sounders are off the practice pitch for the final time before tomorrow's big game against Colorado.

It was a beautiful day for practice, and lots of kids from youth teams and their parents watched the Sounders conclude their otherwise closed practice and then seemed to have fun getting autographs after.

As for the team, the only real news is the apparent improvement of Sebastien Le Toux's ankle injury to the point where he seems probable. Coach Sigi Schmid indicated that Steve Zakuani is improving, but likely will be a gameday decision.

Here's a quick early scouting report:

COLORADO RAPIDS (5-2-6, 21 pts.)

AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (5-3-7, 22 pts.)

1 p.m. Sunday, Qwest Field.



TV:
KONG 6/16.

Radio: 97.3 FM (in Spanish on 1210 AM).

Head to head: The Sounders and Rapids played to a 2-2 draw May 23 in Colorado. Three days later, the Sounders beat the Rapids, 1-0, in a U.S. Open Cup play-in game in Tukwila.

Team leaders: For Colorado -- G 8 Conor Casey; A 6 Omar Cummings; Sh 38 Casey; SOG 15 Casey; GAA 1.11 Matt Pickens. For Seattle – G 7 Fredy Montero; A 4 Montero/Nate Jaqua; Sh 47 Montero; SOG 17 Montero; GAA 0.90 Kasey Keller.

Schmid says: "Cummings is on a very good roll for them; he's scoring goals, he's playing with a lot of confidence, so he's somebody we got to be concerned about. (Colin) Clark has played well. … They're a team that's very confident. They haven't lost many games in league, and its going to be a difficult opponent."

Notes: A Colorado victory would send the Rapids past Seattle into third place the MLS Western Conference standings. … Conor Casey will miss this game due to duty with the U.S. National Team. … Colorado leads MLS with an average of 1.62 goals per game. ... The Rapids are on a franchise-best eight-game unbeaten streak (3-0-5). … Seattle is 4-1-3 at home; Colorado is 2-2-3 on the road, including a 1-1 draw at Dallas on Wednesday. … Former USL Sounder Preston Burpo is Colorado's reserve keeper. He's played in four games with a 1.25 goals-against average. … The first half of the Confederations Cup final between USA and Brazil will be shown live on the Qwest Field video boards. Then second half will be shown after the MLS game. … Despite a newly expanded 32,400-seat configuration, the game is sold out.

Next: 7 p.m. Wednesday, U.S. Open Cup third-round match vs. Portland Timbers, PGE Park, Portland.

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