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Sounders lose again, fall to fifth in West

The Sounders’ Osvaldo Alonso, right, draws Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin out of the goal during the first half Saturday night.
The Sounders’ Osvaldo Alonso, right, draws Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin out of the goal during the first half Saturday night. The Seattle Times

The Seattle Sounders lost again, and didn’t score again.

And with this fifth loss in their last six MLS games, other teams went rushing by them in the standings.

Seattle came into this weekend tied for first in the MLS Western Conference, but they headed home Saturday in fifth place.

The tumble came after a 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids (5-6-9) before an announced crowd of 40,403 at CenturyLink Field.

It was Colorado’s first MLS win in Seattle in 10 visits.

“Obviously disappointed in the result,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. “I thought we played better than last week in Chicago, but the result was the same.

“If we get chances or they make a mistake and we get a break on the offensive end, we can’t put it away. We make a mistake and they bury it, and game over.”

That was the formula Saturday, as the clubs played scorelessly for 83 minutes.

But then — in a segment where the Sounders (10-9-2) seemed the more dangerous team — Colorado forward Kevin Doyle found space in the left side of the Seattle defense and finished to the far side.

Schmid tried to pull his team out of its slump by putting some serious spin on his lineup, going with a 4-3-3 formation, introducing newcomer Erik Friberg to the midfield, and clustering Cristian Roldan, Thomás and Lamar Neagle up top.

However, the Sounders were shut out for the fifth time in seven games.

The match was played on a temporary, natural-grass pitch that had been installed for the Manchester United-Club America match played at the stadium on Friday.

Players from both MLS teams struggled with their footing throughout.

ADDED TIME

Sounders forward Clint Dempsey and central defender Chad Marshall were named Saturday to the MLS All-Star game-day roster. Forward Obafemi Martins, who had been voted in earlier, was left off the 22-man roster due to injury, although he is still considered an All-Star.

This is the fourth All-Star honor for Marshall, 30, and for Dempsey, 32.

The MLS All-Stars will meet Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League on July 29 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. …

The Sounders return to MLS play Saturday, July 25, at Montreal.

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