In their final game of the 2017 season, the Rapids heads to the Pacific Northwest for a Sunday afternoon showdown with the Seattle Sounders FC on Decision Day. Kickoff at CenturyLink Field is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (MT).
Here are Three Points to consider ahead of Sunday night:
1. Finishing on a high note
Heading in to their final game of the 2017 season, the Colorado Rapids will be looking to end the season on a high note, while also continuing their recent string of positive results. With a record of 3-2-2 over their last seven matches, the Rapids – under the guidance of Interim Head Coach Steve Cooke – have enjoyed playing the spoiler in recent weeks, managing results against some of the best teams in Major League Soccer, and deflating the playoff hopes of Montreal Impact, FC Dallas, and Rocky Mountain rival Real Salt Lake along the way.
Managing a result on Sunday will be no easy task, however, as the Sounders have enjoyed another solid season and currently sit third in the Western Conference standings. In their most recent match, Brian Schmetzer’s men dismantled FC Dallas, 4-0, in front of their home fans at CenturyLink Field.
2. The awards are out
Ahead of their final outing in Seattle, the Rapids held their annual season awards ceremony “A Burgundy Affair” in downtown Denver on Tuesday evening. Below is a list of the 2017 winners:
2017 Academy Player of the Year: Sam Vines
2017 Humanitarian of the Year: Zac MacMath
2017 Fan Favorite: Kortne Ford
2017 Players’ Player of the Year: Tim Howard
2017 Young Player of the Year: Kortne Ford
2017 Defensive Player of the Year: Eric Miller
2017 Most Valuable Player: Kevin Doyle
3. Big game atmosphere
A cracking atmosphere is expected in Seattle on Sunday where the hosts have been averaging over 43,000 fans per game in 2017, second best in all of MLS. In a recent interview with Altitude 950’s Vic Lombardi, Steve Cooke talked about the big game atmosphere when visiting the Sounders:
“It’s the best,” said Cooke on playing in front of an electric crowd. “It gives you that extra buzz and I think our team will be able to harness that when we step out in front of the crowd on Sunday. They have a chance to win the Western Conference this weekend, but if we can go out and win this game and prevent them from claiming that top spot… that’s fine by me.”