Sounders-Rapids Preview

The Associated Press

The Seattle Sounders continue to pick up points on the road, but they still haven't won away from home in more than 11 weeks.

That could change Saturday night in Colorado.

Trying to avoid a club record-tying eight-game road winless stretch, the Sounders will go for a sixth straight victory over the Rapids, who could match the franchise's longest losing streak.

Since a 2-0 victory over FC Dallas on May 9, Seattle (8-5-7) has gone 0-2-5 away from CenturyLink Field. The Sounders, though, have recorded ties in their last three on the road following a 2-all draw versus New York in their last game July 15.

"We continue to be a decent road team although we'd like some of those ties to be wins," coach Sigi Schmid told the Sounders' official website.

Winning is all Seattle has done lately against Colorado (7-13-1), which is without a point in this series since a 1-0 home victory May 29, 2010.

The Rapids have been outscored 3-1 and outshot 33-10 in two road losses to the Sounders in 2012.

Colorado, loser of eight of nine overall, is trying to avoid matching a franchise-record six-game skid set Aug. 28-Sept. 26, 1997.

"Obviously, when a team hasn't won games for a while, there's a little extra bite to their game," Schmid said. "There's a little extra effort, pressure that's being put on from the coaching staff and players themselves, so they're going to be raring to go."

The Rapids might be able to build on Tuesday's 2-1 exhibition victory over English Premier League side Swansea City, but scoring remains a major concern. Colorado has found the back of the net three times since its last league win, 3-0 over Portland on June 30.

Conor Casey could miss a second straight match due to a hamstring injury, while Omar Cummings - tied with Jaime Castrillon for the team lead with five goals - has been playing with a sprained ankle.

"It's still not there yet to 100 percent, but I guess we'll have to work with it for the rest of the season," Cummings told the Rapids' official website.

The lack of offense isn't the Rapids' only issue, as Matt Pickens has allowed nine goals during the skid. Pickens, who signed a multiyear extension this week, is among the league leaders with 78 saves.

Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning might return for the first time since May 2 due to a hip injury. He made one save in a 1-0 victory over Colorado on April 14.

Backup Brian Meredith had two saves in a 2-1 win against the Rapids on July 7 as Seattle snapped a franchise-record nine-match winless stretch.

The Sounders' longest stretch without a point on the road was April 18-Aug. 8, 2009, during their inaugural MLS season.

Midfielder Alvaro Fernandez, who scored in each of Seattle's last two games, was traded to Chicago on Friday for allocation money.

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