Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids - Game Preview

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On Saturday, July 20th, the Colorado Rapids will face the Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 MDT and the game will be broadcast on Altitude.

On Saturday, July 20th, the Colorado Rapids will face the Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 MDT and the game will be broadcast on Altitude.

In 10 all-time meetings between the two clubs, the Seattle Sounders have won 8 matches and only lost 1 against the Colorado Rapids. (That win was in 2010, which means that if the Rapids win against them this year, they will win the MLS Cup again. It's science!) There has also been a lone draw recorded as well. The Rapids are in the midst of a 4 game unbeaten streak, while Seattle has lost two straight games on the road.

Colorado (8-7-6) are right back in the playoff picture after winning 2-1 over the New England Revolution on Wednesday. A second half strike by ASS Nick Labrocca and an own goal by Jose Gancalves helped the Rapids overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit to record their first come-from-behind victory of 2013. Seattle (7-7-3) fell victim to the on the weekend as backup Sounders goalkeeper Andrew Weber couldn't keep a clean sheet as the Emerald City club lost 1-0.

The Sounders do have a few games in hand on many of their Western Conference rivals due to their participation in the 2012-2013 CONCACAF Champions League. Colorado's recent form has the club serious about its playoff ambitions. Seattle find themselves outside of the playoff picture for virtually the first time in their short MLS existence. Nigerian striker scored the lone goal in Seattle's 1-0 win over Colorado at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in April. Colorado has their work cut out for them, especially because they've never gotten a result against the Sounders at CenturyLink Field, but a result in Seattle would continue to propel the Rapids towards the playoffs.

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