Seattle caught up to their rivals this weekend...by only one point. Nine points separate the Sounders and 6th place, and they’ve got two games in hand. If those two are wins, they’ll only need three more points. Last weekend’s matches produced only one result that was negative for the Sounders, and two results that could go either way.
NYCFC 5 - Colorado Rapids 1: This meeting between the conference leaders went a little less than expected; even with the plethora of NYCFC players suspended, they blew the Rapids out. Anytime the West loses, it’s good for the Sounders.
Sporting Kansas City 1 - Portland Timbers 0: With both KC and PDX fighting with Seattle for playoff spots, any result could be good. A draw would have meant dropped points for both, a Portland win would have kept KC in 5th instead of 4th, but KC winning it kept our rivals down and out of the playoffs. Plus, out rivals lost, so that’s fun.
Sounders FC 1 - Los Angeles Galaxy 1: At least we got a point. Also, Lodeiro looked awesome.
FC Dallas 2 - Vancouver 0: If a team in the West needs to win, it’s alright if it’s the top side. A team on the edge of the playoffs losing is a huge boost for Seattle. Vancouver sits in the last spot right now, so their loss moved Seattle closer than we were before kickoff.
DC United 1 - Montreal Impact 1: It’s the East, who cares?
Chicago Fire 2 - New York Red Bulls 2: The East again, who cares? Oh and Chicago played well; seeing NYRB lose against a bad team is funny.
Philadelphia Union 1 - Real Salt Lake 2: The lone bad result for Seattle. A West team getting all the points against an East team is unfortunate. RSL’s win puts them at 13 ahead of the Sounders and tied with KC for 4th.
Orlando City 3 - New England Revs 1: Seattle now faces a club with momentum this weekend, which is bad. The good news is, Orlando has not won two in a row since April.
Toronto FC 3 - Columbus Crew 0: East vs East...Sebastian Giovinco was good and Jozy Altidore scored so that’s a thing.
Houston Dynamo 1 - San Jose Earthquakes 1: The last match of the weekend could’ve gone either way. A Houston result would mean that they stay hot on our trail to get above last place. San Jose getting points would mean that the team ahead of us (but not in the playoffs) got a point to stay between us. They now have six points more than the Sounders.
Overall, this weekend was not bad for Seattle. Schmetzer didn’t lose any ground in his first match, and while it will take almost a miracle to get to the playoffs, mathematically the Sounders gained some ground. The West is definitely a better conference, but the consistent drawing against each other and losing to the East is providing Seattle with a great opportunity for a run at the MLS Cup playoffs.