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Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids | 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs Match Preview

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids
2016 Western Conference Final – Leg 1
CenturyLink Field | Seattle, Washington
Tuesday, Nov. 22
10 pm ET (FS1 in the US | TSN1, TSN3 and RDS2 in Canada)

The Lowdown:

The Seattle Sounders have had quite a second half to 2016 thanks to the impressive playmaking of Nicolas Lodeiro and their strong attack, but now have to face off against the stingiest defense in MLS in the Colorado Rapids. Seattle enter this first leg after having picked up a convincing 4-2 series win over FC Dallas in the last round while Colorado dramatically edged the LA Galaxy in penalty kicks after a 1-1 aggregate score.

The two sides could be missing some key players in this showdown at CenturyLink Field. Jordan Morris and Roman Torres are two of several Sounders players currently fighting to get back to full health while Shkelzen Gashi is a question mark for the Rapids after sustaining an ankle injury in the win over LA. One player guaranteed to be out for Colorado is No. 1 goalkeeper Tim Howard, who is set to undergo season-ending surgery on Thursday after suffering a fracture of the right adductor longus  with the US national team. Zac MacMath, who made all but one of his 17 starts this season before Howard arrived in Colorado over the summer, is the likely man to replace the USMNT mainstay in goal.

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Seattle Sounders Snapshot:

  • 2016 Regular Season Finish: West No. 4 seed (14-14-6 record, 48 points, 10-5-2 home record)
  • Current Form: L-W-W-W-L
  • Strengths: Have one of the more talented attacks in the league and one of the hottest and dangerous players in Nicolas Lodeiro.
  • Weaknesses: Injuries could leave club shorthanded, as several players are nursing knocks and trying to get back to full health in time for the match.
  • Injuries/Suspensions: Clint Dempsey (heart) -- out; Jordan Morris (hamstring) -- questionable; Andreas Ivanschitz (knee) -- questionable; Alvaro Fernandez (hamstring) -- questionable; Roman Torres (hamstring) -- questionable; Dylan Remick (concussion) -- unknown
  • Player to Watch: Nicolas Lodeiro. One of the hottest players this postseason, the playmaking Uruguayan scored three goals in the last series vs. FC Dallas. 
  • Probable Starting XI: Stefan Frei; Tyrone Mears, Roman Torres, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones; Osvaldo Alonso, Cristian Roldan, Nicolas Lodeiro, Erik Friberg, Jordan Morris; Nelson Haedo Valdez

Colorado Rapids Snapshot:

  • 2016 Regular Season Finish: West No. 2 seed (15-6-13 record, 58 points, 4-6-7 away record)
  • Current Form: W-L-D-L-W
  • Strengths: The team defense continues to serve as the foundation for success, and the club has not given up more than one goal in five straight games.
  • Weaknesses: While very strong defensively, the team lacks a reliable scoring threat on the other side of the ball and has scored more than one goal only once in the last five matches.
  • Injuries/Suspensions: Tim Howard (adductor) -- out; Shkelzen Gashi (ankle) -- questionable; Dillon Serna (knee) -- out
  • Player to Watch: Jermaine Jones. The veteran midfielder has been working his way back to full fitness in recent weeks, and he will be busy on both sides of the ball trying to generate something in the attack while limiting Lodeiro.
  • Probable Starting XI: Zac MacMath; Eric Miller, Jared Watts, Axel Sjoberg, Marc Burch; Sam Cronin, Jermaine Jones; Sebastien Le Toux, Kevin Doyle, Shkelzen Gashi; Dominique Badji

Match Essentials:

Referee: Chris Penso
Assistant Referees: CJ Morgante (AR1), Jeff Muschik (AR2)
4th Official: Sorin Stoica

Seattle vs. Colorado Head-to-Head
All-Time (18 meetings):
Seattle 13 wins, 33 goals • Colorado 3 wins, 19 goals • Ties 2
All-Time Playoff (1 Meeting):
Seattle 1 win, 2 goals • Colorado 0 wins, 0 goals
All-Time in Seattle (10 meetings):
Seattle 8 wins, 19 goals • Colorado 1 win, 8 goals • Ties 1
2016 Meetings (2 meetings): 
COL 3, SEA 1 (April 23); SEA 0, COL 1 (May 21)

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Current Form

Seattle
Colorado

Season Goal Leaders

Season Stats

Seattle Sounders FCColorado Rapids
37Games Played36
16Wins16
15Losses7
6Draws13
49Goals40
45Goals Conceded33
353Shots340
163Shots on Target156
376Fouls committed490
459Fouls suffered344
66Offside77
201Corners145

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
SEA817732491.3
COL1016730401.1
01234+Avg
SEA574211.4
COL494101.2
01234+Avg
SEA3103111.3
COL673201.1

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
SEA1014931451.2
COL1415511330.9
01234+Avg
SEA982000.6
COL1170000.4
01234+Avg
SEA167311.8
COL385111.4
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