Two MLS heavyweights jockey for position in a crowded Western Conference when the Rapids visit Seattle.
|Seattle Sounders (4-4-2): Gspurning; Scott, Ianni, Parke, Gonzalez; Levesque, Evans, Alonso, Fernandez; Montero, Estrada.
OUT: GK Josh Ford (R knee stress fracture); DF Michael Tetteh (L hamstring strain); MF Steve Zakuani (R leg fracture); FW Babayele Sodade (R ACL tear)
QUESTIONABLE: DF Adam Johansson (L hamstring strain); MF Mauro Rosales (R knee sprain)
PROBABLE: DF Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (pelvic sprain)
|Colorado Rapids (4-2-3-1): Pickens; Kimura, Wynne, Marshall, Zapata; Larentowicz, Moor; Mullan, Rivero, Castrillon; Cummings.
OUT: MF Jamie Smith (R ACL tear); DF Anthony Wallace (L Achilles tear); MF Pablo Mastroeni (headaches)
QUESTIONABLE: FW Conor Casey (L Achilles tear); DF Eddie Ababio (concussion)
PROBABLE: MF Ross LaBauex (sports hernia)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Seattle forward David Estrada's four goals is the second-best tally in the Western Conference. Coming into 2012, he had played six MLS games without scoring.
- Colorado is coming off a 2-0 loss in the Rocky Mountain Cup to rival Real Salt Lake. Colorado hasn't won the Rocky Mountain Cup since 2006.
- Seattle attacker Fredy Montero has four goals and five assists in six games against Colorado, his highest output against a single MLS club.
- Sounders FC have won the last three meetings between the clubs. Colorado's only victory in six matches came on May 29, 2010.
- Seattle will be playing at home for the fourth time in five games.