There's a lot to say about last night's loss, and essentially none of it is good. The Cup the Sounders had essentially wrapped up two weeks ago slipped away (can you guess which one I'm talking about? It's a trick question: BOTH) and ended up in third place for the Cascadia Cup. With Vancouver's win this year, each team has won it once since the other teams joined in 2011. They did having still failed to beat Portland once, by virtue of besting us twice (including Wednesday, which supporters chartered a jet to catch).
There's more bad news though, as Prosoccertalk speculates that Osvaldo Alonso's red card suspension could go beyond the minimum one game. Alonso was seen arguing with the referee who made the call as he exited the field, which could cost him the season finale against the LA Galaxy. If ever the Sounders perfect record in front of expanded crowds was in jeopardy, this would be the time. The red may have been avoided if the officials had taken better care of the game: alas, that was not the case, and the game turned ugly in the second half.
If there is any small victory that can be taken, it's that Marcus Hahnemann played well between the posts, stopping one of the streaking attackers that so flummoxed Michael Gspurning the last two matches. Of course, that win causes its own problems, and now Sigi Schmid (who doesn't have enough on his plate already) must now balance a GK position battle.
If you want to pull a Mariners and just remember the good old days, attend the second annual NW Legends Night October 25th as Alan Hinton and Jimmy Gabriel will coach against each other in the night's main event.
Most of MLS had this weekend off, meaning that missing a few players to national team duty wasn't a big deal. More on that later. Dallas has officially removed themselves from the playoff picture after losing to Chicago 3-2. They'll have nothing to play for save their pride when Seattle visits over the weekend. On the other hand, the Fire got a much-needed win putting them back in the playoff circle. Their success was Philadelphia's failure, as they only managed a draw at DC United. The third meaningful game was Montreal's 1-0 defeat at the hands of the desperate New England Revolution.
Besides all that, the New York Red Bulls of Red Bull are getting a Red Bull drink made by Red Bull. It's called "Bull".
Presumably after much complaining via Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan was allowed to leave the USMNT match with Jamaica after 45 minutes despite not picking up an injury nor having the game in hand at the time.
Mexico still has a chance of being among the three Concacaf teams to get a World Cup berth after grabbing their first home win of the season versus Panama. If they want that spot though, they need to take care of business and hope that Honduras loses to the eliminated Jamaica.
A few more countries are confirmed to be headed to Brazil. Here's the full list as of Friday.