On Sunday, November 27th, the Colorado Rapids will look to overturn a slim 2-1 deficit at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO against the Seattle Sounders in the second leg of the Western Conference finals. Kickoff is set for 2:00pm and the match will be broadcast on ESPN.
Colorado are happy to return to the friendly confines of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park where they went unbeaten during the regular season and so far, the Major League Soccer playoffs. The Rapids are positive they can overturn the 2-1 deficit from the first leg, but the Rocky Mountain Side will need to score in order to advance. Should Colorado prevail 1-0, that would be enough to advance due to the lone away goal scored in Seattle on Tuesday night.
Seattle are dreaming of a first trip to the MLS Cup Final as the Emerald City side were basically written off before the halfway point of the season. However, the Sounders have had a resurgence under coach Brian Schmetzer, along with new signing Nicolas Lodeiro. Despite Clint Dempsey’s health issues, Jordan Morris and Nelson Valdez have both stepped up in the former Tottenham and Fulham forward’s absence.
One thing to note is Seattle’s atrocious road record this season. The Sounders have only won four times away from CenturyLink Field all season, including losing to FC Dallas in the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinal in Frisco, TX. Regardless, Seattle has been stronger with Nicolas Lodeiro in their lineup while on the road.
Rapids captain Sam Cronin will miss the second leg after yellow card accumulation. Look for Micheal Azira to potentially replace Cronin in central midfield. Seattle, on the other hand, should not have any notable absentees.