Matchday Central: vs Colorado Rapids

Sounders FC vs. Colorado Rapids

MLS Regular Season
Saturday, August 30; 1 pm PT; CenturyLink Field
TV/Radio: Q13 FOX; THIS-TV (KOMO2); KIRO Radio 97.3 FM; ESPN Deportes Radio, 1490 AM (Spanish)

Colorado’s Record: The Rapids are seventh in the Western Conference at 8-11-6, losing five straight MLS matches.

Head-To-Head: This is the second of three meetings between the two clubs this season. Seattle won the previous by a score of 4-1 on April 26 at CenturyLink Field. The lone meeting at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park will be on October 5.

All-Time Series: Sounders FC leads the all-time MLS series at 9-2-2, including a 6-0-1 record in regular season matches at CenturyLink Field. Including playoffs and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Seattle is 11-2-1 against the Rapids.

Injury Report: Sounders FC – OUT: D Damion Lowe (Hip Surgery); F Kevin Parsemain (ACL Tear). QUESTIONABLE: D Dylan Remick (L Adductor Strain). Rapids – OUT: D Drew Moor (R Knee Injury); M Brian Mullan (L Knee Injury); M Jared Watts (L Hamstring Strain). QUESTIONABLE: M Jose Mari (L Ankle Injury); D Shane O’Neill (R Knee Sprain).

Key Player: In the absence of Moor and likely O’Neill, veteran defender Marvell Wynne becomes even more vital a component for the Rapids as Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni pieces together a back line against a potent scoring tandem in Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins. Just 28 years old, Wynne is in his ninth MLS season and has been a stalwart for the Rapids since coming to Colorado in a trade prior to the 2010 season.

Notes: Colorado is winless in its last nine road matches. After starting the season 2-0-1 away from home, Sounders FC started Colorado’s skid with a 4-1 win at CenturyLink Field. The Rapids have since gone 0-7-2 on the road. … Sigi Schmid has more wins against Colorado (23) than any other team in his MLS coaching career. … After the match on Saturday, Seattle midfielder Marco Pappa will join the Guatemala National Team for the Copa Centroamericano. Guatemala is scheduled to face El Salvador on September 3, Belize on September 7 and Honduras on September 10. … On the same night that Sounders FC forward Chad Barrett scored his 50th career MLS goal against the San Jose Earthquakes on August 20, Colorado’s Edson Buddle registered his 100th career goal in a 4-3 loss to the LA Galaxy.

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