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Saturday, July 20, 2013 (All times Eastern)

Colorado (8-7-6) at Seattle (7-7-3), 4 p.m.

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - The Colorado Rapids will be out to continue their impressive run of form on Saturday when the club heads to CenturyLink Field to face Seattle Sounders FC.

The Rapids featured in a midweek contest against the New England Revolution on Wednesday, earning a 2-1 victory despite conceding the opening goal.

"It's a great little push knowing that we can come out and play a decent game for both halves and get a victory," said Rapids defender Marvell Wynne. "And coming from behind always speaks a lot for a team's integrity and how we don't want to stop at any point. We felt good out there playing so now we've got to take it to a very difficult place and hopefully get a result in Seattle."

The win saw Colorado extend its unbeaten run to four games, giving the Rapids 10 points out of a possible 12 from that stretch to leave them neck-and-neck with the Los Angeles Galaxy for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference.

It puts Colorado six points clear of the Sounders, who have become a perennial playoff team since joining MLS in 2009. But Dillon Powers, who had a hand in both of Colorado's goals against New England, will not be taking Seattle lightly.

"We definitely need a result there against a conference opponent," Powers said. "It's very tight right now, that playoff race. We want to get in there and we don't want to look back. I think we're just going to have to go in there with a strong mentality and maybe ride the (momentum from the) last four games that we've had."

The Sounders will be ecstatic to return to its home turf as Seattle has not tasted defeat at CenturyLink since a 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact in its opening match of the season, producing a 4-0-2 record in the Emerald City since.

But Sigi Schmid's side has lost two in a row to slip further away from playoff contention. The club's injury problems certainly have not helped matters.

"In five years here in Seattle, it's probably the worst injury run we've had," Schmid told the club's official website. "Cumulatively, it seems to all have hit at the same time."

Schmid's response has been to increase the intensity in training in an effort to foster regeneration.

"If anything, we've tried to step it up the last two days of training. We want the guys to compete a little bit more in training," Schmid continued. "We're not abandoning what we're doing. We feel like we're a fit team and that the recovery and the regeneration is an important part of our training rhythm. But we're asking in the short bouts that we work, that we're working."

07/19 16:44:04 ET

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Final
ECU 56
TEMPL 70
Final
NCCU 69
NCAT 58
 
Final
DET 4
ATL 6
 
Final
TAM 2
BAL 3
 
Final
PIT 1
NYY 2
 
Final
HOU 6
PHI 3
 
Final
MIA 1
STL 4
 
Final
SFG 8
CHC 6
 
Final
CIN 3
CLE 9
 
Final
CWS 1
LOS 6
 
Final
ANA 3
MIL 2
 
Final
CHC 2
OAK 2
 
Final
SEA 9
SDP 4
 
Final
KAN 5
TEX 4
 
Final
ARI 4
COL 3
 
Final
WAS 5
NYM 4
 
Final
MIN 9
BOS 8
 
Final
BAL 5
TOR 0
 
Final
CHI 108
OKC 105
2nd
POR 28
DAL 29
 
Final
MDES 89
MRGST 76
 
Final
SIENA 71
NIAG 54
Final
LEH 62
AMER 68
 
Final
SCAR 74
ARK 78
Final
LAF 89
BU 64
 
Final
PETE 63
FAIR 33
Final
BUCK 90
HC 83
 
Final
UNF 71
LIP 57
 
Final
TENNM 65
MORE 76
Final
COL 72
NAVY 62
 
Final
ECU 56
TEMPL 70
Final
FATL 62
UAB 59
 
Final
FLGC 62
USCU 63
 
Final
CHAR 84
WKENT 88
 
Final
MINN 63
WISC 76
Final
MIZST 48
SILL 55
Final
COPST 92
DELST 104
 
Final
FIU 59
MTST 54
Final
HAMP 69
NORST 80
 
Final
NCCU 69
NCAT 58
 
Final
COOK 72
SCST 62
 
Final
APP 67
TXST 64
 
Final
GSOUT 76
TXARL 64
 
Final
LAMON 50
UGST 58
 
Final
ODU 67
MARS 50
Final
TXSA 74
RICE 76
 
Final
FAM 64
SAV 57
 
Final
LATU 72
SMISS 61
 
Final
JST 72
ALAAM 54
 
Final
GRAM 46
ALAST 70
 
Final
TXSOU 94
ALCOR 73
 
Final
NICST 77
CARK 70
 
Final
TAMCC 85
HOUB 72
 
Final
NARZ 58
PORST 51
 
Final
LAM 61
SHSU 67
 
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ARKST 76
SALA 81
 
Final
PVU 73
SOUTH 77
 
Final
LALAF 75
ARKLR 69
 
Final
NO 85
SELA 79
 
Final
INCWORD 64
ABCHRIST 52
 
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MVSU 0
ARKPB 0
 
Final
ARZ 99
CAL 60
 
Final
WASH 47
COL 64
 
Final
WEBER 74
IDAHO 63
 
Final
UCONN 53
MEM 54
 
Final
UTEP 83
UNT 60
 
Final
STEPH 92
NWST 66
 
Final
SUTAH 69
SACST 65
 
Final
DAVID 82
VCU 55
 
Final
IDST 81
EWASH 85
 
Final
QUIN 74
MAR 80
 
Final
BEL 97
EILL 64
3rd
DRAK 43
BRAD 43
 
2nd
LBSU 46
CSNO 33
 
2nd
UCI 48
CSFU 36
 
2nd
UCD 35
UCR 45
 
1st
ARST 6
STAN 4
 
1st
WASU 11
UTAH 6
 
Final
BOS 3
CAL 4
Final
WAS 1
MIN 2
Final
PHI 3
STL 1
Final
FLA 3
DAL 4
Final
TAM 4
TOR 2
Final
NAS 3
NYI 4
3rd
ARI 2
VAN 1
 
1st Intermission
LOS 2
MON 0