COMMERCE CITY, CO – After two tough road losses, the Colorado Rapids return to the friendly confines of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Friday, April 22 to host the Seattle Sounders (7:30 pm MT). The Rapids stands at 3-2-0 (9 points), three points behind the lead in the West, while Seattle come in at 1-2-3 (6 points) and in 5th place in the West. Tonight’s match can be seen nationally on FOX Soccer and FOX Deportes.
- The Rapids have scored three or more goals in six out of the last eight regular season home games, dating back to 2010. They have only lost once in their last 14 regular season home games (10/2, 1-0 to DCU), and are 18-4-10 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park since 2009.
- The Rapids are 1-2-1 in the four regular season contests against Seattle since they joined MLS in 2009, and 1-0-1 in games at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
- The teams met in one of the final preseason games for both sides in March, with the Sounders winning 3-1 at Qwest Field. RECAP: http://www.coloradorapids.com/news/2011/03/preseason-game-6-rapids-1-seattle-3
- In 2010, Colorado had 10 points after the first five matches, which was the best start in team history. The fastest the Rapids have ever made it to 12 points in a season was in 2002 when they defeated KC 2-0 on May 11 to reach 13 points in their seventh game.
- On the injury front, captain Pablo Mastroeni returned to training this week after missing the last two games with a calf injury…forward Conor Casey looks to remain sidelined with a hamstring injury that also kept him out of the last two games…midfielder Sanna Nyassi missed some training this week with a hamstring issue, which caused him to be removed from the Reserve game at Salt Lake last week at halftime…forward Quincy Amarikwa is recovering from a high ankle sprain sustained in the Salt Lake match and is out for the match versus Seattle.
- In a short span, the teams have already established some connections with former players. In the offseason, Colorado acquired Seattle’s Tyrone Marshall and Nyassi in separate transactions. In a third exchange, the Rapids traded defenders Danny Earls and Julien Baudet to the Sounders, only to see Earls return to Colorado after Seattle released him. Last year, Seattle picked up former Rapids forward Pat Noonan, who is still with the club.
- Seattle is lead by third-year head coach Sigi Schmid. Among the feature players are designated players Fredy Montero and Alvaro Fernandez, veteran goalkeeper Kasey Keller, midfielders Osvaldo Alonzo, Brad Evans, and Steve Zakuani, defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, and off-season international signings Mauro Rosales (Argentina) and Erik Friberg (Sweden).
- After losing their first two games of the season, Seattle has gone four straight without a loss, tying three and winning one.
- The teams will meet for the second and final time in regular season play on Saturday, July 16 at Qwest Field in Washington.
INJURY REPORT: (as of April 21, 2011)
COLORADO: OUT: FW Quincy Amarikwa (L ankle sprain); FW Macoumba Kandji (L knee ACL tear); QUESTIONABLE: FW Conor Casey (L hamstring strain); PROBABLE: MF Pablo Mastroeni (R Achilles strain); MF Sanna Nyassi (L hamstring strain)
SEATTLE: PROBABLE: FW Pat Noonan (R quad strain)
DISCIPLINARY / INTERNATIONAL:
ON CAUTION WARNING (suspended next yellow card)
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS:
NATIONAL TEAM CALL-UPS
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The match will be televised nationally on Fox Soccer and Fox Deportes.
Colorado’s next match is next Saturday when they host the Chicago Fire at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (7 pm MT).