Matchday Central: vs Colorado Rapids

Sounders FC vs. Colorado Rapids

MLS Regular Season
Saturday, April 26; 1 pm PT; CenturyLink Field
TV/Radio: Q-13 FOX (locally); ROOT Sports (regionally); KIRO Radio 97.3 FM; THIS-TV (KOMO2, Spanish); ESPN Deportes Radio, 1490 AM (Spanish)

Colorado’s Record: The Rapids are fourth in the Western Conference at 3-1-2 (11 points) and boast a 2-0-1 road record.

Head-To-Head: This is the first of three meetings between Seattle and Colorado. The second match will be August 30 at CenturyLink Field and the series will conclude on October 5 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

All-Time Series: Sounders FC holds an 8-2-2 edge in regular season play, but the last match was a 5-1 Rapids win at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on October 5, 2013. Prior to that, Seattle had won seven straight matches between the two clubs. Sounders FC did come back and oust Colorado from the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs in the Knockout Round with a 2-0 win at CenturyLink Field.

Injury Report: Sounders FC – OUT: D Damion Lowe (Hip Surgery); F Kevin Parsemain (ACL Tear). QUESTIONABLE: D Leo Gonzalez (R Hamstring Strain). Rapids – OUT: D Brian Mullan (L Knee Surgery). QUESTIONABLE: D Marc Burch (R Hamstring); M Jose Mari (R Quad).

Key Player: Deshorn Brown has just one goal through his first six matches this season, but the second-year forward is poised to add to that goal total. Last year, he was hot and cold against Seattle, scoring two goals in one match and being shut down entirely in the other. He finished his rookie season with 10 goals and finished second in MLS Rookie of the Year voting.

Notes: Colorado has neither scored nor allowed a goal in the first half of its first six matches...Seattle has scored five goals in the final 15 minutes of matches, while allowing only one goal...Sounders FC is unbeaten at 5-0-1 in six all-time home matches against the Rapids...Seattle forward Clint Dempsey has had either a goal or an assist in six consecutive MLS regular season matches dating back to last year, tallying seven goals and three assists in those matches...Both Seattle and Colorado are 2-0-1 in their last three matches...Colorado forward Vicente Sanchez has four goals this season, all off of penalties...This is the first of three consecutive home matches for Seattle.