PREVIEW: SEATTLE SOUNDERS VS COLORADO RAPIDS – PREDICTIONS, TEAM NEWS

Two teams in the bottom half of the Major League Soccer Western Conference will compete on Sunday in an encounter that both Seattle Sounders and Colorado Rapids will be desperate to win. The hosts head into the game without a victory in their previous three outings, while the visitors are undefeated across the same period of time.


Match preview

Seattle’s consistency has varied massively throughout the season as they have won eight times and lost 10, managing just two draws in amongst all of that. A change in that is something that could help the club push themselves further up the league table, and a victory could see them move as high as sixth place if other results go their way.

Despite that, Brian Schmetzer’s men are heading into this particular match on Sunday in poor form which they will want to put behind them as they have lost three consecutive matches. A bigger problem for Seattle is the fact that they have not scored a single goal throughout those fixtures, with plenty of pressure being placed on the attacking players right now. Their most recent outing saw them beaten 1-0 by Chicago Fire as Rafael Czichos scored in the first half, which proved to be enough to secure the result on the day.

Seattle Sounders Major League Soccer form:

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Colorado Rapids Major League Soccer form:

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Seattle Sounders possible starting lineup:

Cleveland; Rowe, Gomez, Arreaga, Tolo; Rusnak, Leyva, Morris, Lodeiro, Roldan; Bruin

Colorado Rapids possible starting lineup:

Yarbrough; Rosenberry, Abubakar, Wilson, Esteves; Acosta, Barrios, Rubio, Priso, Lewis; Zardes

Seattle Sounders might be higher in the league table, but they are not the favourites in this one due to their recent poor form, which is the opposite for the visitors. Colorado Rapids have been performing well as of late both defensively and offensively, and that confidence could see them continue that form this weekend.

VARGAS RULED OUT DUE TO INJURY

Seattle Sounders midfielder Obed Vargas has been ruled out of action for the foreseeable future due to a lower back injury. Sounders manager Brian Schmetzerinformed reporters during a press conference at Starfire Sports on Monday that the young player will spend some time on the sidelines due to a lower back stress fracture.

The back injury is a setback for Homegrown Player Vargas who has made a lot of progress in his professional football career within a short space of time. The 16-year-old is now a regular in the Seattle Sounders starting XI having worked his way into the team at the start of this year. Vargas worked his way into the Sounders XI on the back of impressive performances earlier this year including a strong display during theConcacafChampions Final as he helped his team win the competition for the first time. Continue reading “VARGAS RULED OUT DUE TO INJURY”

        MATCH RECAP: TACOMA DEFIANCE DEFEATS TIMBERS2 3-0 AT CHENEY STADIUM

TACOMA, WASH. – Tacoma Defiance (5-2-3, 20 points) defeated Timbers2 (0-2-2, 4 points) 3-0 Tuesday evening in its first match of the season at Cheney Stadium. Cody Baker scored his first professional goal, while Marlon Vargas and Abdoulaye Cissoko each added strikes as Tacoma continues to move up the Western Conference standings, with the club currently riding a six-match unbeaten streak (4-0-2).

Baker bagged his goal in the 29th minute after Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez streaked down the left flank, centering a pass at the bottom of the area that Baker smashed home to give the home side the lead. After a Timbers2 player committed a handball in the area, Vargas converted the ensuing penalty to make it 2-0 in the 33rd minute. Cissoko added the final strike of the match in the 55th minute off a corner, getting his head to the ball played in by Danny Leyva to put Tacoma up three. Defiance goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley recorded a shutout in his second start of the season. Continue reading ”        MATCH RECAP: TACOMA DEFIANCE DEFEATS TIMBERS2 3-0 AT CHENEY STADIUM”

                 JORDAN MORRIS AND CRISTIAN ROLDAN CALLED UP TO THE USMNT

Sounders FC forward Jordan Morris and midfielder Cristian Roldan have been called up to the United States Men’s National Team for the June FIFA window, which includes two international friendlies and two Concacaf Nations League matches.


The USMNT is set to play friendlies against Morocco on June 1 in Cincinnati (4:30 p.m. PT / ESPN2, UniMás, TUDN) and Uruguay on June 5 in Kansas City (2:00 p.m. PT / FOX, Univision, TUDN), before launching 2022-2023 Concacaf Nations League action against Grenada on June 10 in Austin (7:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+, UniMás, TUDN) and El Salvador on June 14 in San Salvador (7:00 p.m. PT / FS1, Univision, TUDN). Continue reading ”                 JORDAN MORRIS AND CRISTIAN ROLDAN CALLED UP TO THE USMNT”

SOUNDERS IN COMEBACK DRAW AGAINST PUMAS

Seattle Sounders are in pole position to win the Concacaf Champions League title for the first time in their history after they came back from two goals downto secure a 2-2 draw against Mexican ten Pumas UNAM. Sounders and Pumas shared a four-goalthriller at the end of the first leg which took place in Mexico.

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In addition to winning the Concacaf Champions League for the first time in their history, Seattle Sounders can also re-write history by becoming the first team from Major League Soccer (MLS) to win the competition. The two-time MLS champions have work in the second leg at Lumen Field to do to achieve the feat.
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SOUNDERS THROUGH TO CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

Seattle Sounders are through to the Concacaf Champions League final after seeing off New York City FC (NYCFC) in the semifinals. Seattle Sounders advanced to the final ahead of fellow MLS Team New York City FC after the two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the second leg. Sounders made the final thanks to a 4-2 victory on aggregate over the course of the MLS Derby tie.


Sounders were able to qualify for the Concacaf Champions League final for the first time in their history after a very good win in the first leg. They had a two-goal cushion from the first leg and were able to finish the job in the second leg courtesy the excellent showing from Stefan Frei. The performance from shot stopper Frei earned Seattle Sounders a 1-1 draw at the home of New York City FC in the second leg. Peruvian attacker Raul Ruidiaz gave Seattle Sounders the lead in the first half before Santiago Rodriguez equalised for the hosts early in the second half. New York City FC would have won the game if not for the heroics of Frei in the Seattle Sounders goal. Continue reading “SOUNDERS THROUGH TO CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL”