Sounders vs. Rapids

Though Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid doesn't seem like the sentimental type, he could stage-direct a perfectly Frank Capra-esque moment by bringing Steve Zakuani in for tonight's match against the Colorado Rapids: It was against the Rapids, on April 22, 2011, that Zakuani's leg was broken by an overzealous tackle by Brian Mullan, putting the popular forward out of commission for a year filled with palpitating speculation about his return (and anguished what-ifs over the Sounders' ignominious early exit from last fall's playoffs). Though he played in a reserve match on June 1 and sat on the substitute bench for the June 20 game against Kansas City, #11 has (as of this writing) seen no minutes in MLS play. How poetically just, how Greek-drama it would be if his home-field return came facing the team which has become nearly as loathed among fans as Portland's. GAVIN BORCHERT

Sat., July 7, 8 p.m., 2012

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