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Major League Standings: Sounders chasing Timbers for 6th

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Timbers moved into the last playoff spot over Vancouver after beating SKC

MLS: Sporting KC at Portland Timbers
Mustivar sent Valeri flying
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So we are still in 9th in the West but we won a game! We won after going down a goal. We won on the road. We won by multiple goals. It was great and for the most part our friends across the league blew their matches though it was not as great of a weekend as it could of been (throw shade at RSL and Portland).

Wednesday 8/3

Toronto FC 1 - RSL 0: RSL started this week off well for Seattle failing to get any points in Toronto, a massive help even if they might eventually be un-catchable for Seattle. Tosaint Ricketts found the back of the net with Gio and Altidore each picking up assists on the goal.

Friday 8/5

San Jose Earthquakes 0 - NYCFC 0: Thank Chad Barrett, at heart he must still be a Sounder because he helped miss a handful of chances in his 20 minute cameo. NYCFC wasn’t able to score in the Bay Area but at least held the tie and took away SJs points.

Saturday 8/6

DC United 2 - Philadelphia Union 2: It was the East so...It was a Steve Birnbaum stoppage time goal that got DC some points against one of the best sides in the East. Davies made the bench, Bedoya did not.

Montreal Impact 1 - Houston Dynamo 0: Thank you Montreal. Keeping Houston far below us in the table (even without our win). Matteo Mancosu finished with a nice strike from the top of the box off a long ball from Marco Donadel who had just stolen a Houston pass at midfield.

Toronto FC 4 - New England 1: TFC gets two wins in a week blowing out the Charlie Davies-less Revs. Sebastian Giovinco had a hat trick, including a PK, and Michael Bradley found Jozy Alitdore for a goal of his own. Altidore got his second goal and third point since coming back from injury.

Colorado Rapids 2 - Whitecaps 0: Vancouver is much more likely to miss the playoffs than Colorado at this point so if one team is going to get points (if any team) it needs to be the Rapids and that is what happened. Mairlon Hairston had a goal and an assist in this one.

RSL 3 - Chicago 1: RSL blew it in Toronto for us but didn’t at home against a fairly pathetic Chicago side. Javier Morales had an assist, then a PK goal, and then the brace. RSL is sitting comfortably in the top four and is starting to run away with LA, Colorado, and Dallas from the rest of the pack.

Sunday 8/7

Portland Timbers 3 - Sporting KC 0: Change of location from last weekend but the same teams in this one. Unfortunately, Portland got the points and all of them in this one. Diego Chara was sent off in the 12th but SKC couldn’t capitalize after Soni Mustivar was sent off in the 39th. After that it calmed down from a foul standpoint. Valeri and co. started the goals in the 65th and then Jewsbury and Adi joined the party in the 87th and in stoppage time respectively. The win moved PDX into the playoffs over Vancouver and put Seattle eight points out of sixth (SEA has two in hand). You get the whole highlights for this one for goals and reds.

Orlando City 1 - Sounders FC 3: A great win for us. The club desperately needed it and Clint Dempsey’s hat trick got it for them. Eight points out, two in hand, from sixth place, the boys are not out of it thanks to a great team effort today.

LA Galaxy 2 - NY Red Bulls 2: Ashley Cole dashed our hopes. I mean the day is not ruined with LA still only getting one point but still disappointing seeing as New York went up two goals to zero scoring in the 68th and 74th. Mike Magee in the 80th and then Ashley Cole in the 89th grabbed LA a point at home against a Red Bulls side that needed to make all three subs by the 47th minute after Damien Perrinelle and Connor Lade picked up first half injuries and Bradley Wright-Phillips joined the party with a knock of his own in the 47th.

Seattle needs points that is a given. RSL and SKC could’ve done more this week to help the Rave Green out but with Vancouver and SJ seemingly unable to do anything positive for themselves, Seattle has a door wide open to charge through and this week might have been the catalyst to do it. I might be the sole optimist here (I’m 99% sure I’m not) but look at these standings and how today went and tell me that we can’t do this!!

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