As of 6:15 p.m., it's looking like the Sounders could have a chance to vault all the way from ninth in the standings all the way into sixth. Colorado (24 points) has already tied its match, Toronto (24 points if results hold) is currently tied with Kansas City and a win over San Jose (23 points) would put the Sounders at 25 points.
That would be a pretty amazing accomplishment, considering the fact that after the Galaxy match it was feeling as if this was a totally lost season.
Instead, we head into this match feeling like a tie would be an acceptable result (still sitting in ninth place but also within one point of those three teams).
Potentially helping that effort will be Alvaro Fernandez, who was added to the active roster on Friday and could make his debut tonight. Chances are that appearance would come late in the game and is unlikely to have much impact on the final result.
Rather, it will be the play of Blaise Nkufo and Fredy Montero up top and the ability of whoever is patrolling the midfield to string together positive passes. On defense, the Sounders will be looking to continue their recent run of success in which they've allowed just two goals in their past five competitive matches.
Let us also not forget that this is the deciding match of the Heritage Cup, which San Jose currently leads 1-0. In case you're wondering, this "derby" will also include the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps next season as they are also teams who have maintained their NASL namesakes.
Starting lineups and benches soon.