1) Rapids score a crucial away goal
Give the Rapids credit where it’s due – they came to Seattle to play and try to get a result, rather than just sit back. Regardless, they seemed to take everyone by surprise, when they took the lead with their first shot on goal.
Coming in the 13th minute, Kevin Doyle’s effort went in, via a slight deflection off Sounders’ defender Chad Marshall. Not that this should take nothing away from Colorado’s excellent buildup to the strike.
Of course, giving up an away goal is not an ideal scenario for the Sounders, as it provides the first tiebreaker in two-legged playoff affairs. However, on the positive side, at least they did not allow the Rapids to score a second, which would have been even more disastrous.
This now sets up a major challenge for the Sounders in the second leg, specifically if Colorado scores themselves. They are unbeaten at home this season after only conceding seven goals at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, which set a new MLS record with a 0.41 goals-against average.