by Charles Therrell (DISK DOKTOR), Oakland, CA
Saturday, 18 April 2015
Hello, Faithful of the Lower Haight, Pill Hill, and Mountain View. Our Sounders have made the trip to Victory Way where they will lock horns with Rapids in the land of the Rocky Mountains, clear rivers fed by snow pack, and pale, small beer. Accept your beating with grace, Colorado. UP THE SOUNDERS!
The Good News
For a welcome change, there is tons of this. Our record against Colorado is a dominant 10-2-3. The top scorers against our high-altitude foe are Dempsey, Martins and Montero with 4 goals each. Solid, we have two active players in that set. All time goal difference v. Colorado is +12 (29 for, 17 conceded). Seattle have won the last three in a row, making the Rapids 0 for 2014 against us. Our away record at Dick’s Park (ear to ear grin, and the only time I will use a corporate sponsor name for a stadium) is 4-1-2 so no fear of heights or shortness of breath should thwart us in our efforts this evening. Colorado’s league form is a sad 1-3-2 in their last six. We on the other hand are on the up swing at 3-1-2 in our last six, perhaps finding our stride. Only Drew Moor of Colorado’s top scorers all-time were in the team last week. Most of their side I haven’t even heard of.
The Bad News
I can’t think of one word of it. An utter relief, let me tell you.
Colorado Springs born defender James Riley played 84 times for us. Defender Marc Burch had 49 appearances in a Rave Green shirt.
Although selections haven’t been revealed for the match (Typical), these were the selections for each club for the previous match:
Colorado: Irwin, Riley, Burling, Moor, Harrington, Pittinari, Sarvas, Torres, Powers, Ramírez, Badji.
Seattle: Frei, Mears, Evans, Marshall, Remick, Roldan, Rose, Alonso, Pappa, Neagle, Martins.
in the 15 matches between the two sides, Colorado have managed more than one goal only 3 times.