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The Seattle Sounders, or anybody else for that matter, are not going to catch Los Angeles FC in the Western Conference. However, they have a good chance of finishing second.

Looking to maintain that second spot in the West table, the short-handed Sounders aim to match a season high with a third straight victory Saturday night while trying to continue their dominance over the host Colorado Rapids.

Things were a bit rough for Seattle (13-8-7) while it went 0-2-2 in the first half of August. However, the Sounders regrouped to earn a massively important 2-1 victory at Cascadia rival Portland on Aug. 23, then followed with last weekend's wild 4-3 home win over the Galaxy.

Cristian Roldan netted a brace and Raul Ruidiaz added a goal with an assist as Seattle twice overcame blowing a lead to edge Los Angeles. Though the Sounders are 16 points back of first-place LAFC in the West table, they are one up on third-place Minnesota and two ahead of fourth-place San Jose.

"We do have a never-quit attitude, and that's something this team is good at," forward Jordan Morris, who scored his eighth of the season against L.A., told the Sounders' official website. "We'll keep pushing."

Morris, Ruidiaz (11 goals) and Roldan (six goals), meanwhile, are among a host of Seattle players who have been called away on international duty. However, the club will press on looking for an eighth straight win over Colorado, which has been outscored 17-3 during that slide.

Kelvin Leerdam and Ruidiaz scored within the first eight minutes, and Seattle held on for a 2-0 home win over the Rapids (8-14-6) on March 9.

Colorado ended an 0-2-1 rut with a 2-0 victory over the Red Bulls last weekend in its first game under new full-time coach Robin Fraser. Jonathan Lewis scored twice as the Rapids ended a stretch of four consecutive road matches with an impressive result.

"Can't say enough about the effort," Fraser told the Rapids' official website. "I told them afterwards, 'I want to be associated with this team because those guys fight like that. The effort is all there out of these guys every time."

Lewis has scored all five of his goals this season since coming over from New York City FC in May.

This match was originally scheduled for April 23, but was postponed due to snow in the Denver area.

Updated September 5, 2019

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