Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Complete MLS Knockout Round Preview

The date was October 5. 

The Seattle Sounders, sparked by the arrival of United States men's national team star Clint Dempsey, marched into Dick's Sporting Goods Park with a seven-game unbeaten streak.

Sigi Schmid's club had all of the momentum in the world on its side, as the Sounders were surely going to contend for the Western Conference and Supporter's Shield titles in the final month of the Major League Soccer regular season.

After October 5, the Sounders spiraled into a run of miserable form. 

The reason for their five-game winless streak to end the season? 

Well, that would be the Colorado Rapids. 

The Rapids torched the Sounders back four that night in Commerce City, Colo. and revived their own playoff hopes in the process.

The 5-1 victory by Oscar Pareja's club was started by a goal from Deshorn Brown just 14 seconds into the match, and it continued its trampling o...

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