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Major League Standings: Moving up to eighth

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Only two points out of the playoffs, we can do this!

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Seattle beat up on the Portland Timbers this weekend, and in doing so jumped over their Cascadia rival to be in EIGHTH in the Western Conference. I get it, it isn’t that exciting of a position, but for most of the year we’ve sat in ninth and to move up in any format is pretty awesome. This result and some quality play midweek might see Seattle in playoff position as we travel to play Portland next Sunday. The West has consistently blown points to let Seattle have a chance and they are finally taking advantage.

Friday 8/19

San Jose Earthquakes 1 - Houston Dynamo 2: Houston is a team that we didn’t want to have momentum this week only, so the result is a tiny bit unfortunate but with HOU safely below us and SJ still ahead of us the result and points going to Houston was key. Unlikely goal scorers Ricardo Clark and David Horst put HOU up 2-0 (6th and 50th). Victor Bernandez brought SJ back in the 54th and they almost found the net a few more times but never could as Houston held on in the Bay Area.

Saturday 8/20

NYCFC 1 - Los Angeles Galaxy 0: This day started out pretty nice with ManCity B beating LA in their baseball stadium. David Villa missed an absolute sitter after getting past Clement Diop but couldn’t hit a wide open net. Lucky for NYC, Villa had found the net back in the 6th on a goal that might have been offside. It was looking like a typical LA game, both teams having some good moments but overall incredibly sloppy. LA couldn’t find the net and that is alright with me because just like that they are back in 5th.

Philadelphia Union 1 - Toronto FC 3: The original feel good story of the season is falling back down to earth, sitting in 4th in the East due to only one win in their last six. They gave up goals to the who’s who of Toronto in Giovinco, Altidore and Drew Moor, all in the 1st half. TFC is now only a point back for 1st in the East and they are hot right now.

Montreal Impact 0 - Chicago Fire 3: Someone forgot to tell Montreal 1. that there was a game and 2. that they are a playoff team. Chicago, worst in the league, beat up on them in their own home. Import from Colorado Luis Solignac got the first goal in the 15th and it only got better from there for the Fire. They are still miles from the playoffs but they have hopes, or something.

New England 0 - Columbus Crew 2: Kei Kamara faced off against his former side and his current side fell flat. Ola matched up against Kei in the battle of Kamaras and only Ola got a point in this one. Ola picked up the assist on Federico Higuain’s goal, the man responsible for Kei now being a member of the Revolution. Ethan Finlay had Columbus’ other goal.

Colorado Rapids 0 - Orlando City 0: Colorado, king of the draws got, you guessed it, another tie. Orlando picked up their fifth point under Kreis as they went to Mile High and held them scoreless. Colorado has started to drop points but they still have games in hand on FC Dallas and sit in second. They can draw their way to the playoffs pretty much. The Rapids have rapidly been trying to find offense and failing but at least for them, they’ve got a great defense.

Sporting Kansas City 2 - Vancouver Whitecaps 0: A draw would’ve been a better result for Seattle with SKC is above and Vancouver falling below us. SKC is getting a bit warm and benefited from a PK yet again with Benny Feilhaber converting the insurance goal in the 64th to put it out of reach for Carl Robinson’s side. Jacob Peterson, SKC’s first goal scorer, was taken down in the box by Fraser Aird in a pretty clear cut penalty. David Ousted originally saved the attempt but was ruled off his line early and on the re-kick, Feilhaber scored.

Real Salt Lake 1 - FC Dallas 0: A draw or a Dallas win would’ve been preferred, but Dallas wasn’t helping. Though we likely can’t catch either, RSL is easier to catch than Dallas and it would have been nice to see them drop points. Jamison Olave had the sole goal in a “thriller” in Salt Lake City.

Sunday 8/22

DC United 2 - New York Red Bulls 2: This match was delayed due to excessive rain but once we got to playing soccer it was the Bradley Wright-Phillips show. He had a goal and assist to give Red Bulls a 2-0 lead in DC but it wasn’t enough. DC need points and they stormed back with a Marcelo Sarvas goal via a PK in the 70th and then three minutes later a game tying goal for Patrick Mullins. NYRB would’ve loved the points to keep their lead in the East which diminished to one point over TFC (who has a game in hand).

Sounders FC 3 - Portland Timbers 1: This game didn’t matter, unimportant. Just kidding...we won and that’s all I really care about, right now. Sounders moved up to eighth, again not a major accomplishment for a team usually talking about Supporter’s Shield aspirations but the right direction when fighting for a playoff spot. We currently stand two points out with games in hand. If we beat Houston, we’ll have the sixth spot with a game in hand on Portland as we try to grow our lead on them this Sunday. The wheels are turning and playoffs are in reach, let’s go get ‘em.

MLS Standings
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