The Colorado Rapids travel west to take on the Seattle Sounders today for an early start with a 2 pm MST kickoff. The Rapids have managed to squeeze out two wins at CenturyLink Field with a 2-9-1 record on Seattle’s turf.
The Sounders have had a rough start to the season losing Jordan Morris to a torn ACL, Clint Dempsey retired mid-season, and there are about a half a dozen other guys who have suffered some big injuries. That hasn’t stopped the Sounders though, who have been slowly climbing up in the standings since they beat our Rapids 2-1 on July 4th.
A win is not out of the realm of possibility today, as anything can happen. To do so the Rapids will need to not only score, but grind out 90+ minutes of their A game to get past Seattle and PRO. Speaking of PRO, Deklan Wynne’s red card from last week has been rescinded, so he is available to play if Edgar Castillo is not healthy enough to play.
Tactically, the idea here is to get a point. We’ve learned that the Rapids thought that clean sheets would help them get points, but that hasn’t quite worked out as planned. So today, the counter-attack will be relied upon as the Rapids will look to hold off a Seattle attack that has been touch and go in the past. The Rapids want to rely on possession and can maintain the edge there, the trick is finishing in the final third.
Predicted starting XI: Tim Howard, Kortne Ford, Danny Wilson, Tommy Smith, Edgar Castillo, Jack Price, Johan Blomberg, Dillon Serna, Kellyn Acosta, Shkelzen Gashi, Niki Jackson
Referee: Nima Saghafi
Assistant Referees: Corey Rockwell, Felisha Mariscal
4th Official: Fotis Bazakos
VAR: Ramy Touchan
PROBABLE: M - Jack Price (groin), D - Edgar Castillo (hamstring)
Suspended after next caution: M - Johan Blomberg, F - Jack McBean, D - Danny Wilson
OUT: F - Jordan Morris (torn ACL), F - Felix Chenkam (herniated disc), M - Henry Wingo (concussion), M - Harry Shipp (right hamstring injury)
QUESTIONABLE: QUESTIONABLE: D - Chad Marshall (head injury), M - Lamar Neagle (left mid-foot sprain), D - Brad Smith
Suspended after next caution: D - Jordy Delem
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Saturday, September 29th at 2:00 pm
Venue: CenturyLink Field — Seattle, WA
TV Information: AltitudeTV
Live Stream: ESPN+ (subscription required)
C38 Viewing Parties: Celtic on Market, Blue Spruce Brewing, Mudrocks Tap & Tavern (Louisville)