The Sounders concluded local training this morning and will head this afternoon to Colorado for the match with the Rapids tomorrow.
After training, coach Sigi Schmid endured some pretty driving rain to take a couple of questions:
On if his team's all-in health for training should give him full options for this 18-man roster tomorrow: I think so. We were pretty healthy yesterday, and we were healthy today coming out here. So we’ll see. We’ll check on guys now, but unless there’s something strange that happens we should be OK.
On facing these new-look Rapids: We’ve got to be ready for physical duels. Atiba Harris is a physical player. So is Edson Buddle. Deshown Brown has got good pace. So we’ve got to be ready for the pace, we’ve got to be ready for the physicalness there.
Meanwhile, some Sounders-provided notes on the Rapids:Colorado Series NotesSounders FC is currently riding a six-match winning streak against the Rapids dating back to July 25, 2010, and leads the all-time series 7-1-1 with a 17-9 goal advantage. The two games in the series that Seattle has not won both occurred at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, where the Rave Green are 2-1-1 with a plus-one goal differential. In the last meeting at DSG Park, Eddie Johnson netted the fastest goal in franchise history when he headed in Mauro Rosales' cross in the second minute en route to a 2-1 win. In three wins last season over the Rapids, Johnson scored twice and Rosales notched three assists. The Argentine playmaker leads all active players in the series with five assists in just four games.
About ColoradoColorado has eight points (2-3-2) in seven games this season and currently hold a two-game winning streak after 1-0 victories over Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake this month. Since dropping the first two games of the season, Oscar Pareja's club has responded well, going 2-1-2 since. The Rapids are 1-1-1 in just three home games this season, where the club is 44-22-31 all-time. Despite only scoring six goals in seven games, Colorado is tied for third in MLS with 88 shots and tied for eighth with 28 shots on goal.
Rapids NotablesColorado's 22-year-old forward Deshorn Brown leads the club with two goals and an assist this season. The Jamaican, who was drafted sixth overall in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft out of Central Florida, scored his first professional goal in a 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake, then netted the winner in a 1-0 win at Chivas USA. Fellow first-round 2013 MLS SuperDraft selection Dillon Powers has started all seven games and scored in a 2-2 draw with Portland. Nine-year MLS veteran Atiba Harris, acquired from Vancouver this offseason, has started six of seven appearances and scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over RSL on April 6. Overall, Colorado has seen 18 players start a game, five score a goal, and four register an assist.
SEA/COL ConnectionsEddie Johnson and Colorado head coach Oscar Pareja played together with the Dallas Burn from 2001-04. Pareja also played for Colombia's Deportivo Cali - the former club of Seattle's Jhon Kennedy Hurtado. Argentine midfielders Mauro Rosales, Pablo Mastroeni and Martin Rivero will also meet each other on Saturday. Rapids forward Danny Mwanga played collegiately at Oregona State. Midfielder Nathan Sturgis played two seasons with Seattle, making 29 appearances from 2009-10.