Sunday the Seattle Sounders play the Colorado Rapids in the last “easy” game of the season. The Rapids stink but they are better at their park, going 0-2-2 in their four home matches. Those two losses were only by one goal, putting their last four home game goal differential at a respectably mediocre -2. As you can see, I am working hard to cook these numbers.
It is hard to find nice things to say about a team that has gone winless in its last ten games, especially while compiling a -20 goal differential. Think Seattle’s defense is porous, at 46 goals against in 30 games? The Rapids have given up 30 goals in just their last 10 games. In short, Colorado may be rehearsing their death rattle. Their flagging run of late is indicative of a team that’s playing out the string. The roster, though full of a few talented standouts, has been all shaken-up, and sheriff-by-day Joe Nasco has been a train wreck in goal. This Rapids game should be a breather.
I don’t want Sigi or his charges sleeping on their opponent because, let’s be honest, we’re in a dogfight with Los Angeles. Our form hasn’t been stellar lately, but this weekend the Sounders will be closer to full strength with a returning Gonzalo Pineda and Leo Gonzalez (curious, as our defense fell apart with Pineda out of the lineup. Could the pedigreed Mexican international be that vital to Seattle’s defense?). This is our last easy game going down the stretch and into the playoffs. With Vancouver, Los Angeles, and the playoffs looming, I quote a wise man saying, It’s about to get real. I want three points banked come Sunday afternoon.
For the first time in along time, Seattle is predicted (by my favorite predictive site) to finish behind Los Angeles. L.A. just keeps winning and I feel like Seattle needs to keep up their breakneck pace or be caught by the T-1000. So cheer for TFC tomorrow and our boys on Sunday.