The Sounders look to build on last weekend’s 4-2 victory over Chivas USA when it heads to Colorado to take on the Rapids on Sunday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Last time out: Sounders 1, Rapids 0 on Aug. 30 at CenturyLink Field — Clint Dempsey’s 52-minute goal was enough to settle a scrappy 90 minutes on an overcast afternoon at CenturyLink.
Battle to watch: Seattle wingers vs. the massed Colorado defense
The Rapids were able to make the Sounders labor in that August meeting by packing the middle with defenders, stymying the talented Seattle strike force and daring the wingers to beat them.
For long stretches, that strategy worked. Marco Pappa lost patience and cut inside, while Brad Evans struggled to make a consistent impact on the other side of the field.
On paper, Colorado shouldn’t be much of a threat. The Rapids are winless in their last 10 matches and have won just once in their last 12 meetings with Seattle.
But unless the Sounders can break them down on the flank, it could make for a long afternoon.
“It’s a little similar to Chivas, but also different,” Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. “When you watch most of their games, they’re in the game for 70, 75 minutes and often longer than that.”
Player to watch: Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers
The 2013 MLS rookie of the year inked a new multi-year contract, the Rapids announced Thursday, and the club will be hoping he can make an immediate impact on Sunday afternoon.
“He’s good with the ball,” Schmid said. “He’s a good passer. He’s good on set pieces, serves a good ball. He’s got a good shot from distance.”
How to watch: The match will be televised locally on JOEtv, with kickoff scheduled for noon PST.