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Major Link Soccer: Decision Day Fallout

The dust has settled, the comeback is complete, and now we need to figure out where the heck we go from here

Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports


Now that the comeback is complete, FourFourTwo is free to talk about the Seattle Sounders' turnaround under Brian Schmetzer, and the goals that lie ahead.

Seattle University's men's soccer program won their 14th straight home match in a 3-0 shutout of University of Texas RGV (Alex Roldan scored, again). The women's team matched the scoreline over Chicago State. Huskies men's soccer took care of Gonzaga 3-1.

The NBC Sports writers are kind to the Sounders, who are ranked by one analyst as among the most dangerous teams still alive. Three of their four experts have the Sounders in the Western Conference Finals, and two have them losing to the New York Red Bulls in MLS Cup.


The Cascadia Cup had basically already been awarded. The Sounders were out of the running on goal differential, the Timbers had a three point lead and a five-goal differential lead, and all they had to do was not lose to the Vancouver Whitecaps by three or more goals in their final game of the season. At least that would be a source of solace in the long, boring winters that are Portland without soccer. But lo, Portland did not just lose their 17th MLS away match (the first MLS team to go an entire season without a road win) but they lost it in disastrous fashion, giving up four goals in the first 60 minutes before scoring a late "pity" goal. So it was that the Portland Timbers were eliminated from CCL, MLS, and Cascadia competitions in the span of four days. Now they'll have a few months to figure out what went wrong.

It's too bad, because there was a playoff spot there for the taking. Seattle's 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake left the Utah club only two points over their Oregon competitors. RSL gained only three points in their final seven matches to leave them only the final Western Conference Playoff slot to cling to.

Sporting Kansas City gladly took the opportunity for a playoff spot and dispatched the San Jose Earthquakes without much issue, earning a chance to play the Sounders in a one-game playoff. SBI looked at what KC brings to the table going into their knockout round match.

Much like the Sounders in 2014, FC Dallas has won the US Open Cup and Supporter's Shield in the same year. Like that team they'll now need to try to complete the treble by winning MLS Cup, but will need to do so without one of their most-important pieces.