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Saturday comes: Colorado-Sounders at 7 PT

logorapids-19[1]A lot at stake for both teams tonight as the Sounders visit the Colorado Rapids.

Here's a quick overview:

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (15-8-6; 51 POINTS)AT COLORADO RAPIDS (12-9-9; 45 POINTS)7 p.m., Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo.TV: NBCSN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 8-1-2 overall and 3-1-1 in Colorado. This season, the Sounders took a 1-0 road win in April and played to a 1-1 home draw in July. NOTES: Seattle would clinch a playoff spot with a victory, regardless of other results. … Seattle is tied with Real Salt Lake for the Western Conference lead. Colorado holds the fifth and final playoff spot in the West, one point ahead of San Jose. … The Sounders are on a league-best seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2). The Rapids are 2-2 over their last four matches. … Colorado is 8-3-4 at home, Seattle is 5-7-2 away. … The Sounders are 11-3-1 all-time in October. … Designated player Clint Dempsey (hamstring) and defender Djimi Traore (hamstring) didn’t travel. The availability of defender Leo Gonzalez (hip) and reserve keeper Marcus Hahnemann (flu) was questionable. … For Colorado, rookie Deshorn Brown leads in goals (seven), shots and shots on target. Christopher Klute is the assists leader (seven). Edson Buddle has 98 career goals. Goalkeeper Clint Irwin is tied for the club record with 10 shutouts this season. … Seattle defender Zach Scott is one caution away from suspension for accumulation. … The referee is David Gantar.QUOTABLE: "They’re a good team They’ve got a lot of size to their team now with Buddle out there. They’ve added (Gabriel) Torres, which is another guy who’s another big guy. When they get set pieces and they throw (Shane) O’Neill forward and (Drew) Moor, and if Atiba Harris is on the field, they’re a dangerous set piece team because they’ve got some big bodies that they can throw in. They’re a team that has played – when you look back over their last games – pretty much their back four, and if you count Clint Irwin in there as their goalkeeper – that back five has been pretty consistent. So there’s a good understanding (among) those back five players. Hendry Thomas sits in the midfield for them. (Dillon) Powers switches between midfield and more attacking midfield at times. It’s a team that’s found their way of playing, and the style suits them and they’ve done well." – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on the Rapids.NEXT: The Vancouver Whitecaps visit CenturyLink Field at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
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