Colorado Rapids vs Seattle Sounders FC - Game Preview

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On Saturday, April 20th, the Colorado Rapids will welcome the Seattle Sounders FC to Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

If anyone thinks that the computer "randomly" selected the fixture date of 4/20 for the Colorado Rapids to play the Seattle Sounders in Denver, you might want to reconsider the facts. Colorado and Washington recently passed amendments that have legalized small amounts of marijuana and have become the first states from the union to do so. Whether the Federal Government will sue both states in court is yet to be seen.

Anyway...

Colorado (2-3-2) are unbeaten in their past three games, including two straight shutouts over Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA. Goalkeeper Clint Irwin has played extremely well since taking over after veteran Matt Pickens broke his forearm over a month ago. DeShorn Brown scored his second goal of the campaign after calmly slotting home a penalty that proved to be the difference in the win over Chivas USA.

Seattle (0-3-2) currently find themselves in last place in Major League Soccer, and are the only club without a league win to their name in the league. After a heartwarming come-from-behind victory over Tigres of Mexico in the CONCACAF Champions League, the Sounders have faltered domestically and regionally. Santos Laguna dispatched the Sounders from the CCL semifinals and Seattle most recently drew 0-0 against New England at home.

The Rapids have a chance to continue their ascent in the Western Conference. However, Seattle has a 6-game winning streak over Colorado. In terms of Seattle's injuries, Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson recently completed full training sessions while Obafemi Martins saw limited action. The well-traveled Nigerian has previously played for Inter, Newcastle United, VfL Wolfsburg, Rubin Kazan, and Levante.

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