April is the cruelest month for the Seattle Sounders. Last season we began with the same middling record through 5 games, 2-2-1; in 2013 we were 0-3-2. However the sixth game seems to be some lucky Sigi charm. Seattle not only wins their sixth game but also triggers their Mario star and becomes a juggernaut. Hopefully history holds serve as Seattle plays the suddenly-not-so-inept Colorado Rapids this weekend.
2013, we won our sixth game (at Colorado coincidentally) before earning five straight results, 4 wins. Last season saw the rise of “Man on Fire,” and first of five straight wins and 10 results from the next 11.
April also doesn’t have the best weather in some MLS cities. It snowed heavily in Den Commerce City yesterday. The weather is supposed to warm into the 40s today and be in the balmy 50s tomorrow. Which means the Rapids and Sounders will go toe-to-toe in the mushy mud. The USMNT bested both their archrival EL Tri on a reportedly atrocious field on Wednesday, and now your other favorite team may have to do the same.
Aside form history and meteorology, what can we expect from this weekend’s match? The Rapids, aside form last week’s 4 goal outburst, don’t score. Or win. The last time Colorado won was last July 25th against Chivas (oh Goats how we miss thee) and the last time they even scored was on October 11th, again against Chivas, but they still managed to lose.
Some noise has been made lately that Seattle should be worried about Colorado. That things are clicking for the young Rapids and they’ve figured stuff out. Screw that. The sun shines on a dog’s derriere some days. The Rapids looked great because Dallas has been a train wreck lately. The Hoops are winless in their last three with an aggregate of 7-1. Colorado just played them at a very opportune time.
The Sounders are better than the Rapids and should win. But it’s too early to really care about results. The Sounders looked great last week at L.A., arguably playing their best game ever at Stubhub, but dropped the result. I don’t know what I want more this weekend, for the Sounders to look good at the expense of a solid result (like last week) or play ugly but get the win win (like the Houston result). Hopefully the sixth game chamr works and the Sounders look great, win and trigger a month-long run of brilliance.