A new season starts now for the Seattle Sounders FC, and the first goal is to beat the LA Galaxy.
Much like that country to the south, the Seattle Sounders FC are into the MLS Cup Playoffs with a little help from a rival.
With the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 0-0 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes tonight, the Rave Green clinched a spot in the “postseason” for the fifth time in five years as an MLS club.
That fact alone, despite the cluster of a season it’s been at times, is worthy of a huge congratulations to the Sounders players, coaching staff and front office.
Now to the pulling our heads out of our collective asses part of the program. With even more help this Sounders team can still finish first in the Western Conference (not gonna happen).
The final matches of the season for both Real Salt Lake and Portscum are against the god awful Chivas USA. If RSL either lose or draw at home against Chivas AND Portscum loses on the road to the goats AND Seattle gets all three points against the Gals on Sunday, the Sounders will finish with 54 points — the same number as the top two teams, but own the tiebreaker which is total wins.
Let’s just stick with the “not gonna happen” idea and focus on what the Sounders can control — beating LA.
By winning Sunday night in front of over 64,000 fans at CentryLink Field, the Sounders would pass Landon Donovan & Co. in the standings and move into third place, keeping them out of the dreaded 4/5 play-in game. This would in all likelihood also mean another playoff series against RSL.
We will have a preview post up later this week along with a podcast possibly — depending on if I’m able to make it to the match.
Either way, Sunday will not be the Sounders final match of the season — they’re a playoff team once again, and still have a lot left to play for.