Rapids-Sounders Preview


The Seattle Sounders are hoping they can bring their offense back home with them after completing a high-scoring road stretch.

Finding the back of the net against the stingy Colorado Rapids, however, could prove daunting.

Seattle looks to continue its domination of this series when it faces Colorado on Saturday.

The Sounders (4-2-1) scored nine goals in going 2-0-1 in their last three, all away from home, capping that stretch by beating Chivas USA 2-1 on Saturday. That gave Seattle a 3-0-1 mark on the road this season, and they'll now try to duplicate that level of production at home, where they've managed three goals in two games.

The Sounders' two home losses match their total from all of last season.

"Our road record has been very very good and our home record is not so good at the moment," coach Sigi Schmid told the team's official website. "We got to make our home record good as well."

Clint Dempsey failed to score a goal for the first time in four matches Saturday, but he assisted on both tallies, setting up Obafemi Martins' winner in the 81st minute.

Despite playing in just five games, Dempsey is tied with Chivas' Erick Torres for the league lead with six goals.

Saturday's victory was the Sounders' second straight in which they had fallen behind 1-0.

"I think it speaks to the character of our team and our ability to be able to stick that away," Schmid said. "One-nothing is nothing and you just have to overcome it and you've got to play again. I think that's what we've shown and we've been able to do that. Obviously, ideally we'd like to get in front at the beginning and win the game that way. But right now we'll take what we get."

Seattle leads the regular-season series with Colorado 8-2-2 and won 2-0 at home in the Western Conference knockout match Oct. 30. The Sounders are 5-0-1 all-time in the regular season in Seattle.

An early deficit against the Rapids (3-1-2), though, could be difficult to overcome. Colorado has posted three clean sheets on the year and two in a row, not allowing a goal in the last 203 minutes.

"You can always improve on the attacking concepts and the players and all that stuff, but the one thing that has to be right is a team mentality when you don't have the ball," coach Pablo Mastroeni told the team's website. "And to this point, we've been improving every game."

The Rapids were shut out for the first time this season in a scoreless home draw with San Jose on Saturday. Their one shot on goal was a season low and they have just seven over their last three contests after tallying 19 in the first three matches.

Deshorn Brown, who led Colorado with 10 goals last season, has one this year but could get going against the Sounders. He scored twice in a 5-1 home victory over Seattle on Oct. 5.

Colorado is 2-0-1 on the road with a plus-two scoring differential after being outscored 7-0 in dropping its final four road matches of 2013, including the knockout loss to Seattle.

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