Seattle (0-3-2) has gone its first five MLS games this season without a win — a first for the franchise — but history suggests the Sounders can bounce back.
TUKWILA — History suggests Sounders FC’s winless streak, whenever it ends, will be followed by a decent spell of success.
Seattle (0-3-2) has gone its first five MLS games this season without a win — a first for the franchise — and the Sounders claim five other winless slumps of four games or more since joining the league in 2009.
Most of those were followed by an unbeaten run of at least three wins. The last, a 0-4-5 drop-off in 2012, was followed by a 3-0-1 run.
Injury issues continue to be a major concern for the Sounders as they look to climb out of last place. Coach Sigi Schmid said he is unsure if any of the team’s forwards who missed Saturday’s 0-0 tie with New England will be back this weekend in Colorado.
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Eddie Johnson (hamstring), Obafemi Martins (knee) and David Estrada (eye) all practiced Monday. Martins, however, was still limited, and Estrada hasn’t been fully cleared as doctors don’t want him to head the ball.
Prospects have improved in midfield, though, where designated player Shalrie Joseph is back from his calf injury and nearly 90-minutes fit.
Brad Evans, who missed the Revolution game with a calf injury, could also be in action against the Rapids.
“I’m ready to go; 100 percent,” Evans told SoundersFC.com. “I thought maybe we’d push it for this past weekend, but I think we’re just playing it safe and smart. I felt like I probably could have gone, but I think it’s good to get a full week of training under the belt leading into Saturday.”
Sounders FC is also winless in the MLS Reserve League this season following a 1-1 road tie Monday against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Seattle (0-1-1) took the early lead through a goal by rookie forward Eriq Zavaleta in the seventh minute. The Galaxy (0-0-1) tied the game in the 29th minute on a penalty kick by Hector Jimenez.
Defender Patrick Ianni played 68 minutes in his first action of the season after breaking his foot during a fitness test in Sounders training camp in January — an indication he could be close to a first-team return.
Costa Rican Josue Martinez, a free agent who has played for Philadelphia and New York, was a guest player for Seattle.
• Reign FC’s exhibition Monday against the Haitian national team was canceled due to unsafe field conditions. “Rather than risk the health of our players, we decided it was best to cancel the match,” said GM/coach Laura Harvey on the team’s Facebook page. “We apologize to any fans who were looking forward to seeing the game.”
Seattle returns to NWSL action Sunday at Portland.
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|Sounders FC has had five previous winless streaks of five or more games followed by unbeaten runs:|
|May 12-July 4, 2012||0-4-5||3-0-1|
|March 15-April 2, 2011||0-2-2||3-0-1|
|June 10-July 11, 2010||0-3-1||5-0-1|
|April 22-May 8, 2010||0-2-2||2-2|
|May 2-June 6, 2009||0-1-5||3-0-3|