On Saturday, April 13th, the Colorado Rapids will face the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field at 2:00PM MDT. The match will be broadcast on Altitude. It will mark the second straight week the Rapids will play Western Conference opposition on the road. Seattle are coming off a 0-0 draw in Washington DC against DC United while Colorado fell 2-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium against Real Salt Lake in the Rocky Mountain derby clash on the weekend.
This match should have some added drama due to the fact that Colorado midfielder Brian Mullan is expected to play nearly one year after breaking the leg of Sounders winger Steve Zakuani. The Democratic Republic of Congo international has called for calm from the Seattle fans ahead of the game, but fans have been less than convinced to the idea. Mullan has released a statement to the media that simply says, "I'm still sorry"; he was suspended for 10 games after the incident and served the punishment without appeal.
Seattle are currently 2-1-1 and find themselves in 5th place in the Western Conference. The Rapids find themselves in 3rd place with a 3-2-0 record. It is unlikely Rapids fans will see Drew Moor starting in central midfield against Seattle. The defender is expected to start and should in anchor the central defense after head coach Oscar Pareja mentioned that the puzzling move against Real Salt Lake was a tactical decision.
Colorado has never won at CenturyLink Field with the Sounders winning all three matches since Seattle joined MLS in 2009. Last season's match at CenturyLink was a 4-3 slugfest that went in favor of the Emerald City club. Seattle are playing at home for the fourth time in five matches this season.