Welcome back to CenturyLink Field, where it’s been a little while.
The Sounders have lost two in a row, both on the road, since the last home game. This could be the place to turn things around, though, as Seattle has won four straight here (tied for a franchise record) and are unbeaten in six since the season opener. The next two games are at home, as well: Chivas USA on July 28 and FC Dallas on Aug. 3.
A win against the Rapids would set another record as the Sounders have won the last seven in the head-to-head series and no MLS team has beaten an opponent eight times in a row.
Not a lot of injury questions marks for Seattle since everyone is out, but we’ll see if Brad Evans starts or comes off the bench. Other changes are always a possibility since the Sounders have started a different lineup every game.
Colorado is coming in pretty hot, unbeaten in four (3-0-1).
I’ll post lineups here when they become available.
Sounders FC lineup: GK Andrew Weber, D DeAndre Yedlin, D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, D Zach Scott, D Leo Gonzalez, M Mauro Rosales, M Osvaldo Alonso, M Servando Carrasco, M Marc Burch, F Lamar Neagle, F Obafemi Martins
Sounders FC bench: GK Doug Herrick, D Patrick Ianni, D Dylan Remick, M Brad Evans, F/M David Estrada, F Sammy Ochoa, F Eriq Zavaleta
Colorado Rapids lineup: GK Clint Irwin; D Marvell Wynne, D Drew Moor, D Shane O’Neill, D Chris Klute; M Hendry Thomas, M Nathan Sturgis; M Atiba Harris, M Dillon Powers, M Nick LaBrocca; F Deshorn Brown
Colorado Rapids bench:
GK Steward Ceus, GK Matt Pickens, D Anthony Wallace, D German Mera, M Jaime Castrillon, M Tony Cascio, F Kevin Harbottle, F Edson Buddle
NOTES: This is obviously a new lineup for the Sounders with Weber in goal, the team’s 23rd lineup in as many games in all competitions. Weber is making his first start since June 30, 2012, and has never played in a Seattle win. Burch is starting at left mid for a second-straight game. Carrasco is making his 12th-straight start in MLS and 13th in a row including the Open Cup.