BY SPNW Staff 11:28AM 07/07/2012

Desperate Sounders face foe they dominate

The Sounders play four matches in the next 11 days, including two MLS contests, a U.S. Open Cup and an international friendly against Chelsea.

Head coach Sigi Schmid's Sounders have a nine-match winless streak, but have dominated Saturday's opponent, the Colorado Rapids. / Wiki Commons

MATCH: Colorado Rapids (7-9-1, 22 points, 5th, West. Conf.) at Seattle Sounders FC (7-5-6, 27 points, 4th, West Conf.). TYPE: MLS. WHEN: Saturday, 8 p.m., CenturyLink Field. MEETING: 8th (Sounders lead 5-1-1). LAST 5: Sounders: L-T-L-T-T; Rapids: W-L-L-W-L. TV: NBCSN (Comcast Ch. 34). RADIO: 97.3 KIRO FM; SPANISH: KOMO2 (Comcast Ch. 114) and La Gran D 99.3 FM.

If the Sounders are going to snap their record nine-game winless funk (0-4-5), Saturday seems like the perfect opportunity with the Colorado Rapids at CenturyLink Field. The Sounders have dominated the series with Colorado, 5-1-1, with wins in the past four meetings. Seattle has never lost in four meetings at CenturyLink, outscoring Colorado 10-4.

“We want to be a tough team to beat and I think we’ve gotten back to that; we lost that for a couple of games and we’ve gotten back to that, which is very important,” said head coach Sigi Schmid, whose club played to a 1-1 draw Wednesday at Real Salt Lake. “Now it’s a matter of the soccer catching up and us playing better and walking away with a win.”

Seattle defeated the Rapids, 1-0, at home in the first meeting of the season April 14 when Zach Scott netted his first goal and Alex Caskey recorded his first assist. Seattle has scored multiple goals in four of seven games vs. Colorado and has been held scoreless just once.

Fredy Montero leads all players in the rivalry with four goals and six assists, putting 10 of his 23 shots on frame.

The Rapids (7-8-1, 22 points) have remained in the middle of the Western Conference race all season. The team is T6 in MLS with 24 goals and has scored multiple goals in eight of 16 matches (T8).

The Rapids have lost six of eight road contests this season (2-6-0) and snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-0 home win over the Portland Timbers Saturday, but lost 1-0 to Vancouver at home Wednesday.

Midfielder Jaime Castrillon leads the Rapids with five goals, and forwards Omar Cummings and Kamani Hill have each added three and one assist. Overall, 13 different players have scored and 15 players have a goal or assist.

Colorado’s defense ranks 11th in MLS with a 1.31 goals-against average. Matt Pickens has played every minute in net, making 65 saves while allowing 21 goals and registering five shutouts.

Colorado defender Brian Mullan, suspended last season for breaking the leg of Steve Zakuani 15 months ago, returns to Seattle, where he was heavily booed earlier in the season. Mullan, 34, sat out a month with a knee injury but is healthy now. Zakuani is nearly game-ready, but Schmid has yet to commit to returning him to game action Saturday.

SOUNDERS PROBABLE LINEUP: Goalkeeper: Bryan Meredith. Defenders: Zach Scott, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez. Midfielders: Mauro Rosales, Brad Evans, Alvaro Fernandez, Osvaldo Alonso. Forwards: Eddie Johnson, Fredy Montero.

INJURIES: (Out) — Michael Gspurning (hip), David Estrada (foot fracture). Questionable — Adam Johansson (hamstring), Steve Zakuani (leg fracture). Probable – Jeff Parke (dizziness). SUSPENDED: None.

SERIES: Dates to May 23, 2009, when the sides played to a 2-2 draw in Denver. Fredy Montero and Nate Jaqua provided the Seattle goals. Seattle has scored multiple goals in four of the past six games vs. Colorado. Only once has Colorado held Seattle scoreless, and the Sounders have a six-goal aggregate advantage (13-7) in the series despite taking 17 fewer shots. Sounders won the last match between the clubs April 14, 1-0, in the 63rd minute, on a Zach Scott goal. The Sounders visit Colorado July 28.

LAST MATCH (Sounders, July 4): Sounders picked up a road point in a scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. It marked the seventh clean sheet of the season for the Sounders, and their first since May 9. Goalkeeper Bryan Meredith, in his first start since June 16, made two saves and earned his third shutout. Seattle finished with eight shots, but didn’t lack for chances. Eddie Johnson, who scored four goals in the previous four matches, was close on a few occasions and finished with a team-high four shots. In the 63rd minute, he made a hard run into the box on the left side, but his low shot rolled wide of the far post.

U.S. OPEN CUP – Should the Sounders win their Open Cup semifinal match against Chivas USA at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Starfire, the final would be in Seattle against Philadelphia, or in Kansas City if Sporting Kansas City wins the other semifinal with the Union.

The bid by Seattle, three-time defending Cup champion, to host the KC-Seattle final was matched by KC, which then won a coin flip conducted by U.S. Soccer.

SOUNDERS STATS/NOTES

  • SEASON SUMMARY: Overall: 7-5-6. Last 5: T-L-T-L-T. Home: 5-3-1. Road: 2-2-5. Vs. East: 4-2-3. Vs. West: 3-3-3. March: 2-1-0; April: 2-0-1; May: 3-2-2; June: 0-2-2; July: 0-0-1. Goals For: 21. Goals Against: 18.
  • TEAM RANKS: Goals: 21 (T11). Goals Scored Avg.: 1.17 (12). Goals Allowed Per Match: 1.00 (T1). Shots: 236 (6). Shots On Goal: 71 (12). Fouls Committed: 230 (3). Fouls Suffered: 240 (4). Yellow Card Cautions: 32 (T4).
  • Sounders 4-0-1 when leading at the half, 3-1-4 when tied at the half, 0-4-1 when trailing at the half.
  • Sounders 7-0-0 when scoring first, 0-5-4 when conceding first.
  • Sounders, with 59 all-time sellouts, need one more to reach 60 (since 2009).
  • Seattle’s Eddie Johnson and Colorado head coach Oscar Pareja played together with the Dallas Burn from 2001-04. Pareja also played for Colombia’s Deportivo Cali, the former club of Fredy Montero and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.
  • Montero and Hurtado will face fellow Colombian countrymen Jaime Castrillon and Luis Zapata. Argentine midfielders Mauro Rosales and Martin Rivero will also meet Saturday.
  • Rapids forward Conor Casey attended the University of Portland from 1999-2000. Casey and Eddie Johnson crossed paths on the U.S. National Team from 2001-on.
  • Former Sounder Tyrone Marshall has six starts and eight appearances this season for the Rapids. Marshall was obtained by Colorado in the 2010 re-entry draft.

SOUNDERS (MLS) LEADERS

Category Skinny
Starts Montero 16, Alonso 14, Evans 14
Goals Johnson 7, Estrada 5, Montero 4
Assists Montero 4, Rosales 4, Caskey 3
Shots Montero 72, Johnson 37, Estrada 23, Evans 16
Shots On Goal Montero 26, Estrada 10, Johnson 10, Evans 7
Fouls Caused Montero 35, Johnson 24, Alonso 21, Scott 20
Fouls Suffered Montero 45, Alonso 24, Johnson 24
Offsides Johnson 21, Montero 7, Estrada 6
Corner Kicks Rosales 43, Fernandez 16, Caskey 12
Cautions Montero 4, Johnson 4, Scott 4
Ejections Hurtado 1, Fernandez 1, Montero 1

COACHES: Sigi Schmid became first head coach of Seattle Sounders FC Dec. 16, 2008, and is in his fourth year. Born in Tübingen, Germany, Schmid relocated with his family to the U.S. in 1956, and to Torrance, CA., in 1962. He was a four-year starter at UCLA (1972-75) and graduated with a B.S. degree in economics in 1976.

Schmid later earned a M.A. in business administration from Southern California. A certified public accountant, Schmid coached the Los Angeles Galaxy from 1999 through 2004, winning four major competitions: 2002 MLS Cup, 2002 MLS Supporters’ Shield, 2001 U.S. Open Cup and the 2001 CONCACAF Champions Cup. He coached the Columbus Crew from 2006-08, winning the MLS Cup in his final season.

In 2009, under Schmid’s direction, the Sounders became the first expansion team to reach the MLS playoffs since the 1998 Chicago Fire. The Sounders also won the U.S. Open Cup in Schmid’s first season. They added their second and third U.S. Open Cup titles in 2010 and 2011.

Oscar Pareja: Rapids named Pareja, a former MLS Best XI player and experienced assistant coach, as the club’s head coach Jan. 5. Pareja joined the Rapids from FC Dallas, where he served as the club’s reserves coach and academy director. In nearly six years at Dallas, Pareja developed one of the top youth academies in the country, which contributed six players to the FC Dallas first team.

The native of Medellín, Colombia, first joined the FC Dallas staff as an assistant to Steve Morrow from 2005-07, before becoming an assistant with the U.S. under-17 national team in 2007-08. After nearly a year with U.S. Soccer, Pareja returned to Dallas to become the club’s Director of Player Development.

COMING UP: The Sounders play four matches in the next 11 days, including two MLS contests (vs. Colorado, at New York Red Bulls), a U.S. Open Cup contest (vs. Chivas USA) and an international friendly against Chelsea July 18.

Seattle Sounders FC 2012 Schedule / Results

(7-5-6, 27 points, MLS; 1-1 CCL; 3-0 U.S. Open Cup)

Date Opponent Time TV W/L Score Rec.
3/7 *Santos 7:00 Fox Soccer W 2-1 1-0
3/14 *Santos 5:00 Fox Soccer L 6-1 1-1
3/17 ^Toronto FC 7:00 KONG W 3-1 1-0
3/23 ^Houston 7:00 NBCSN W 2-0 2-0
3/31 ^San Jose 7:00 KONG L 1-0 2-1
4/7 ^at DC United 4:30 KING D 0-0 2-1-1
4/14 ^Colorado 1:00 KING W 1-0 3-1-1
4/28 ^at Chicago 5:30 KING W 2-1 4-1-1
5/2 ^LA Galaxy 7:00 KING W 2-0 5-1-1
5/5 ^Philadelphia 1:30 NBCSN W 1-0 6-1-1
5/9 ^at FC Dallas 5:30 KONG W 2-0 7-1-1
5/12 ^Real SL 7:00 KONG L 1-0 7-2-1
5/19 ^at Vancouver 1:00 KING D 2-2 7-2-2
5/23 ^Columbus 7:00 KONG L 2-0 7-2-3
5/26 ^at Chivas 7:30 KONG D 1-1 7-3-3
5/30 &Atlanta 7:30 Webcast W 5-1 1-0-0
6/5 &Cal FC 7:30 Webcast W 5-0 2-0-0
6/16 ^at Montreal 4:30 KING L 4-1 7-4-3
6/20 ^Sport KC 7:00 KING D 1-1 7-4-4
6/24 ^at Portland 2:00 ESPN L 2-1 7-5-4
6/26 &at San Jose 7:30 Webcast W 1-0 3-0-0
6/30 ^at New England 4:30 KONG D 2-2 7-5-5
7/4 ^at RSL 7:00 KONG D 0-0 7-5-6
7/7 ^Colorado 8:00 NBCSN
7/11 &vs. Chivas 8:00 NBCSN
7/15 ^at New York 1:00 ESPN
7/18 #Chelsea FC TBD TBD
7/28 ^at Colorado 6:00 KING
8/5 ^vs. LA Galaxy 6:00 ESPN2
8/11 ^at San Jose 7:30 KING
8/18 ^vs. Vancouver 1:00 KING
8/25 ^at Chivas 7:30 KING
9/2 ^at FC Dallas 4:00 KING
9/8 ^Chivas TBD KING
9/15 ^at Portland 12:30 NBC
9/22 ^San Jose 7:30 KONG
9/29 ^at Vancouver 6:00 NBCSN
10/7 ^vs. Portland 6:00 ESPN
10/21 ^vs. FC Dallas 6:00 ESPN
10/28 ^at LA Galaxy 6:00 ESPN

*=CONCACAF; ^=Major League Soccer; #=International friendly; &=U.S. Open Cup


YourThoughts

  • Will

    Yosemite Sam …heh heh heh, that’s very descriptive.

    As for Lynch … Oh goody, another pro player with the twins buttons of “I’m an Idiot” and “Self-destruct”.

  • zippy

     multi-game suspension for an off-season DUI? — NFL is going way too boyscout– let the beasts play!

  • Bongotodd63

    It could be very well that he was not intoxicated, might have a drink on his breath and that he was just a black man driving in Oakland.  Just saying and I am white. And Thiel your the guy that also praises Lynch when he does well on the field. People make mistakes and stop being the Judge and Jury, DICK…

  • jafabian

    Lynch needs a wake up call.  As Goodell once said, playing in the NFL is not a right but a privilege.   Didn’t like letting Forestt go for the very reasons Art states here:  he was one of the straight arrows of the team of whom I once had the pleasure of hearing him speak at a church.  On a team where ability and accomplishments can sometimes overshadow transgressions the Hawks need to keep some of those types of personalities around to keep things in balance.

  • Kevin

    Robert Turbin better explode on the scene… or else the Hawks are a one-dimensional offense that just turned no-dimensional. 

  • PokeyPuffy

    gosh, didn’t think about suspensions, it really is bad news!  Getting the most out of undervalued, wayward players like Lynch is supposed to be Carroll’s strength….whaat happened?

  • OffTheLows

    There’s no history outside of Donte Stallworth that I’ve seen for players to be suspended for DUI, and his of course included a manslaughter. Raheem Brock had a DUI and a dine and dash incident and never was suspended and there wasn’t even discussion in the media of a potential suspension. Everything I read seems to be fait accompli that before charges, before a court date, before a potential trial (which would likely be in 2013), Lynch will be suspended at least 3 games, even though DUI history throughout the league indicates that even a single game suspension is rare. Reporters and commentators seem to have an agenda to push this belief while completely ignoring past precedent.

  • Matt712

    The facts will exonerate Marshawn. This is what really happened…

    Marshawn had spent the entire day in 90 degree heat with his church group putting a new roof on a homeless shelter which he had funded after his contract extension. And, as you can imagine, he and the rest of the flock had worked up a mighty thirst. So Marshawn dispatched his nephew, who had just turned 21 two days prior, to the local supermarket, giving him money to buy everyone lemonade. As the boy turned to leave, Marshawn told him to hurry, saying, “Hurry up, man! Go hard like I do!”

    Misunderstanding the “Go hard!” reference, the youngster returned with several cases of Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Now, neither Marshawn nor the rest of the faithful laborers, being so entrenched in their Christian lifestyles, even knew what Mike’s Hard Lemonade was. But they did know one thing: it was ice cold and had a pretty yellow & black label with a lemon on it ! Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever had a Hard Lemonade on a 90 degree day, but I can tell you, it goes down pretty darned quick and you cannot taste the alcohol. ….Marshawn proceeded to drink a case and a half by himself.

    Believe it or not, this level of consumption barley even phased him. Remember, this is a man who eats a 1 lb. bag of Skittles just to warm up for practice. So, not surprisingly, he thought it was simply a combination of his usual sugar buzz and the sweltering heat that had tampered with his equilibrium. Nevertheless, there was still much work to be done on that roof. But, as Marshawn strapped his tool belt back on and hollered at his fellow parishioners to join him, he noticed that they had all passed out on the shelter’s front lawn.

    Instead of quitting right then and there, Marshawn decided to do what he (long before Greg Jennings) had always done: put the team on his back. Marshawn worked into the night with only the street lights to guide his hammer, re-roofing that homeless shelter  until 2:30 AM. He only stopped every ten minutes or so to hydrate himself with more of that delicious lemonade.

    He then climbed down and loaded his still comatose Christians into the church van and proceeded to drive each of them safely home. After tucking the last one into bed at around 3:30, he finally staggered slowly back to the van and headed home himself. He was so exhausted he could barely keep his eyes open. And that’s when the flashing blue lights appeared in his rear view mirror.

    So, you see, it was all just a big misunderstanding. The real tragedy here is that, some in Oakland =, there’s a homeless shelter with a really poorly built roof.

  • Steven

    Saw this posted on the Field Gulls blog:

    https://twitter.com/RossTuckerNFL/with_replies

    Apparently a suspension for a substance abuse violation might void the guaranteed portion of Marshawn’s contract. If true, that may soften the blow to the Seahawks, and would ratchet up the pressure on Marshawn to earn his contract if he wants to continue getting paid.

  • Michael Kaiser

    “I never did want to go anywhere,” he said in a phone interview with reporters recently. “I was in Seattle, and I couldn’t go anywhere and I didn’t want to go anywhere. I loved playing with my coaches and teammates. Unfortunately, we didn’t win, but I just wanted to be in Seattle.”
    Did Tez have a reputation for bringing it every play?

  • jafabian

    This is great to see finally happen.  Cortez was such a positive influence for the club.  My fave moment for him though is when he publicly disagreed with Ken Behring’s attempt to move the club to LA.  Few players ‘s would do that.

    Finally got a pure Seahawk in the Hall!  Still hold out hope that Kenny Easley will some day make it, as improbably as that may be.

  • Artthiel

     Thanks, Sean. I truly regret not being able to make it back there. It would be fun to see.