[18th-Apr-15] Match Preview: Colorado Rapids – Seattle Sounders
Colorado are without midfielder Sam Cronin and defender Marc Burch while Axel Sjoberg and Carlos Alvarez returned to training this week after missing last weekend's game against Dallas. Seattle defender Damion Lowe is questionable and designated player Clint Dempsey may return to the lineup.
Seattle's loss to Los Angeles last weekend has shown that they are still not good enough to down their So Cal rivals even after the Donovan era. Luckily for them their 2-game road trip is in Colorado, a side that is not intended to be a major competitor this season. While a win would launch Colorado into the playoff spots, the Rapids are still looking for more scoring to help boost their chances. Seattle, on only 7 points themselves but with a game in hand, would launch themselves up the table with the 3 point and possibly above their LA rivals.
Colorado prevented themselves from earning the sole longest winless streak in MLS history with their 4-0 win against Dallas, which ended at 18 games. They are still without a goal at home this season and their 4 goals against Dallas the only ones they've scored. Three scoreless draws have left them in the bottom half of the West but off the bottom, but scoring is still a major problem.
Seattle won all three games between the two sides and outscored them 8-2 through 2 of those 3 games. Seattle also come into the game lacking away scoring, having yet to find the back of the net in their previous 2 games away from Century Link Field. Seattle's only lost 2 meetings between the two sides but both have come in Colorado. 11 of the 15 matches all time have been won by Seattle.
Prediction: More of the same. Colorado are poor at scoring overall and the return of Dempsey, if he plays, will be a huge boost to Seattle.