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May 23, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Sounders FC-Rapids pregame notes

Sigi Schmid v. COL: 29 games W14, L9 D6.

-The key match-up to watch this weekend will be Conor Casey, who with his fifth goal last weekend stands tied for second among the league’s top goal scorers, faces off against Seattle’s Kasey Keller and his MLS-best 0.41 goals against average.

-These sides also met in the Rapids final preseason contest back on March 12 at Qwest Field with the Rapids winning 1-0 on a Conor Casey penalty kick goal. Colorado has played Seattle twice while the Sounders were a USL-1 club with both competitions coming in U.S. Open Cup play. On August 7, 2007, Seattle handed Colorado a 5-0 defeat in a quarterfinal match-up at Qwest Field. In their first-ever meeting, the Rapids were victorious over the Sounders 1-0 in a third round contest at Mile High Stadium in 1999.

-Rapids GK Preston Burpo played nine years (1997-2005) with the USL-1 Sounders and was their all-time GK leader in games played, saves and minutes…Colorado MID Ciaran O’Brien played on loan for Seattle in 2008 alongside his brother Leighton…Rapids DEF Jordan Harvey spent two loan periods with the Sounders in 2006…Seattle DEF James Riley is a native of Colorado Springs…Sounders Technical Director Chris Henderson is the Rapids all-time leader in games played, starts, minutes, assists and several other categories after playing in 178 games with Colorado from 1996-98 and 2002-05. He is also one of only three inductees into the Rapids Gallery of Honor.

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