COMMERCE CITY COLO. (ColoradoRapids.com) - Your Colorado Rapids are preparing to host the newest expansion club in MLS as Kasey Keller and the rest of the Seattle Sounders FC come to town this Saturday for the first time in history.
Kickoff is set for 7:30pm MT this Saturday May 23 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
This will be the first-ever encounter between the two sides in MLS regular season play.
Only one game separates these two clubs in the standings; Seattle are 4-2-3 with 15 points good for 2nd place in the West while the Rapids are currently one spot below them in the rankings with a 3-2-3 record on 12 points.
This will be the only match between these two clubs to take place in Colorado this season. The Rapids will next visit Seattle on May 26 for their next play-in match for entry into the 2009 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Then on June 28 the Rapids will travel again to the Pacific Northwest for their sole regular season match at Seattle.
On Saturday the Rapids will look to add to their three game unbeaten streak as well as continue their perfect play at home with a flawless 2-0-1 record this season at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
The key match-up to watch this weekend will be Conor Casey who with his fifth goal of the season last weekend against New England now stands tied for second among the league’s top goal scorers faces off against Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller and his MLS-best 0.41 goals against average.
Although this is the first regular season match-up between these two teams they also met in the Rapids final preseason contest back on March 12 at Qwest Field with the Rapids winning 1-0.
Colorado has also 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.
This Saturday night's game will be broadcast in Colorado on Altitude. Calling the game for Altitude will be Mike Haynes (play-by-play) Marcelo Balboa (color) and Peter Ruttgaizer (sidelines).
Tickets are still available for Saturday's game; if you haven't already purchased your tickets to the match now's the time to act! Fans can buy tickets online at the TicketHorse official website by clicking here!
For the full match preview of this game visit the Colorado Rapids' Official Match-Up Page featuring interactive projected lineups insider game notes head-to-head stats and the latest injury and suspension reports by clicking here!
GAME PROMOTIONS FOR SATURDAY'S HOME MATCH:
-Asian-Pacific Heritage Night: The Colorado Rapids have built a series of "Heritage Nights" throughout the season to celebrate the global heritage of the club's players! This Saturday it's "Asian-Pacific Heritage Night"; come be a part of the festvities and celebrate the culture and backgrounds of Rapids player Kosuke Kimura with music performers special guests and giveaways all night long!
-A&W Restaurants Title Night: This Saturday's game is presented by A&W Restaurants! Look for activities and giveaways courtesy of A&W at the stadium on Saturday including free lei's to the first 2500 fans into the stadium as part of the Rapids' Asian-Pacific Heritage Night celebrations!
-Free Kosuke Kimura Posters: in honor of Asian-Pacific Heritage Night the first 2000 fans into the stadium this Saturday night will receive a free limited-edition signature series collectable poster of this game's featured player Kosuke Kimura. The 11x14" glossy poster features a color action shot of Kimura on the front and a copy of his signature and biography on the reverse. Gates open at 6:30pm on Saturday; get there early to make sure you get one!
-Rapids Mighty Mo Pack: The Rapids are again offering fans a fantastic value to be able to attend the game and feed themselves all for one low price! For Saturday's game pick up the "Rapids Mighty Mo Pack