COLORADO RAPIDS (8-7-6; 30 POINTS)AT SOUNDERS FC (7-7-3; 24 POINTS)1 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: KONG 6/16. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 8-1-1, including seven straight wins, all by one-goal margins. The Sounders lead the series 5-0-0 in Seattle. The clubs will conclude this season series Oct. 5 in Colorado. NOTES: A Sounders win would set an MLS record for eight straight victories over a single opponent, and a club record for five straight home wins. Colorado is unbeaten over its past three matches and is one spot ahead of Seattle in the Western Conference. The Sounders have lost back-to-back games, but are 4-0-2 over their last six at home. The Rapids are 3-4-3 on the road. … Seattle will be without forward Eddie Johnson due to U.S. national team duty. Top players missing due to injury include goalkeeper Michael Gspurning (forearm), midfielder Shalrie Joseph (calf) and defender Djimi Traore (hamstring). Midfielder Brad Evans (ribs) will be in uniform, but his role will be a game-time decision. … Atiba Harris and Deshorn Brown lead the Rapids with five goals each. Christopher Klute leads with five assists. Colorado midfielder Nathan Sturgis has scored a career-high four goals. Sturgis played for Seattle from 2009 to 2010. … The Rapids are second in the league in shots, but 11th in shots on target. … Fans are asked to arrive early, as new metal-detecting policies will be in place once again. Also note the time change for what had originally be scheduled as an evening match. … Jhon Kennedy Hurtado is one caution away from a one-game suspension for accumulation. … The assigned referee is Ismail Elfath.QUOTABLE: “We’ve been passing the ball around to teach each other how to move and all that. I don’t have any problems with any strikers right now because we’re all doing good, and we hope to score a lot of goals.” – Seattle forward Obafemi Martins on his likely pairing with Lamar Neagle.NEXT: The Sounders continue their three-game homestand July 28 against Chivas USA.
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