Pareja on facing winless Seattle: "We want to dictate on Saturday"
It was not long ago that the Colorado Rapids were in a similar position as the Seattle Sounders, which the Rapids host at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday (4 p.m. MT, TICKETS)
It took Colorado until their sixth game of the year to earn their first victory, a 1-0 home win over Real Salt Lake just two weeks ago. Seattle comes to town with an 0-3-2 record following their scoreless draw with the New England Revolution last Saturday. It’s the longest the Sounders have started an MLS season without a win.
"(Seattle is) a team that has that urgency to accumulate points, and a team that has a good history in finding points in Colorado," Rapids coach Oscar Pareja told ColoradoRapids.com this week. "But, honestly, I'm not really think much about that. The mentality of our group is one that we want to dictate on Saturday. We're approaching it with a confident attitude knowing that if we work hard we'll get the result because we have a good team."
The Sounders have had the Rapids' number since joining MLS as an expansion team in 2009. In the nine all-time meetings, Seattle has a 7-1-1 record against Colorado and has won six consecutive meetings. The only Rapids win in the series was a 1-0 victory at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on May 29, 2010.
"First, we want to strengthen what we've been doing well," Pareja said of his team, which enters the weekend on a three game unbeaten run. "We want to improve on things, concentrate more on what we need to do better, and put forth a good effort on Saturday."
The Sounders have also been hit with their share of injuries to key players early this season, but according to SounderFC.com, forward Eddie Johnson and midfielder Brad Evans completed a full training session on Wednesday and forwards Obafemi Martins and David Estrada also saw limited action.