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Saturday comes: Sounders-Rapids at 1 PT

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COLORADO RAPIDS (8-11-6; 30 POINTS)AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (14-7-3; 45 POINTS)1 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: Channel 13. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 9-2-2 in league matches and is unbeaten (7-0-1) over the eight meetings from all competitions at CenturyLink Field. The Sounders won the April 26 game in Seattle, 4-1. The teams meet again Oct. 5 at Colorado.NOTES: Seattle remains at the top of the MLS standings. Colorado is seventh in the Western Conference, three points behind Vancouver for the fifth and final playoff position. … The Rapids have lost five straight games – one short of the club record -- and have given up 15 goals over that streak. … The Sounders are 8-3-1 at home, while Colorado is 2-7-3 away. … Deshorn Brown leads the Rapids with eight goals, while Dillon Powers leads with eight assists. Forward Edson Buddle scored his 100th MLS goal last week in a 4-3 loss to Los Angeles. Goalkeeper Clint Irwin began the weekend tied with Seattle’s Stefan Frei and three others for the league lead with seven shutouts. … Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins lead the Sounders with 10 goals each, while Martins is the assists leader with nine. Martins in the reigning MLS player of the week. Chad Barrett has scored in three straight MLS matches and four straight in all competitions. … Rapids defender Marc Burch played for Seattle in 2012-13, while Sounders reserve keeper Marcus Hahnemann played for Colorado from 1997-99. … Defender Drew Moor (knee) and midfielders Brian Mullan (knee) and Jared Watts (hamstring) are out for Colorado. Seattle defenders Djimi Traore (quadriceps) and Dylan Remick (adductor) also are out. … Sounders Osvaldo Alonso, DeAndre Yedlin and Gonzalo Pineda are one caution away from yellow-card suspension, as is Colorado’s Nick LaBrocca. … The referee is Hilario Grajeda. … Volunteers at the stadium gates will accept new books (for preschool to high school ages) or monetary donations in support of the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.QUOTABLE: “We still think to last year when we got smacked (5-1) there in Colorado. … That was a bit of a wake-up call. So for us: another opportunity at home. No matter who the opponent is … at this point we’ve got to start picking up points if we really want to make a run at the Supporters Shield.” – Seattle midfielder Brad Evans NEXT: The Sounders play Chivas USA at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

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