Happy Labor Day everyone! While the Sounders took the weekend off, some of the teams around them did not even though Portland played Dallas as if they had. The loss in Portland still stings but with two in hand again on our rivals and only four points back, the playoffs are definitely in reach.
Vancouver Whitecaps 0 - New York Red Bulls 1: New York wants to be known as a MLS Cup threat again and going on the road to BC Place and winning against a desperate ‘Caps team is a good way to do it. Vancouver is sitting right below Seattle and needs to get all the points they can from every match, especially the home ones, but in this one they came up short in a match that has a closer scoreline than the play indicated. Who else but Bradley Wright-Phillips got the goal.
New England Revolution 2 - Colorado Rapids 0: Well they were good...Colorado has slipped just a little and are now down in 3rd as they spot atop the Western Conference throne is long gone. They should’ve been able to go to Foxboro and at least get one point even without Tim Howard and Jermaine Jones but instead the bunkered and deflated against one of the worst sides in the East. Juan Agudelo scored in the 12th to give the Revs the confidence they needed to see it out. Chris Tierney had the insurance goal four minutes into the second half.
Chicago Fire 3 - Philadelphia Union 0: Speaking of teams that showed up out of nowhere to lead their conference but are suffering...Here’s Philly! At least Colorado is tied on points with 2nd and 4th and can sit in the middle, Philly sits alone in 4th over in the East and Bedoya hasn’t been able to been the hero Jones is for COL. With him gone, Roland Alberg returned as the leader in midfield but it crashed early with him getting a 22nd minute own goal. From there Philly never really got back into it and second half goals by Michael de Leeuw and Arturo Alvarez locked up a 3-0 smokin’ of the Union.
FC Dallas 3 - Portland Timbers 1: A top team playing like a top team in this one. FC Dallas leads the Shield even without Fabian Castillo as Michael Barrios has taken over this offense without him. His recent goal scoring was not needed in this one as Mauro Diaz got FC Dallas the lead on a PK in the 14th, though it was Barrios who drew it. Caleb Porter’s halftime talk was ruined when his side let a Victor Ulloa goal in seconds before halftime. They came out flat and were punished again, this time in the 53rd by defender Walker Zimmerman. It took Portland till the 87th but Diego Valeri got the “at least we did something” pick-me-up goal for PDX. Portland is ripe for Seattle to pass after they blew yet another road game.
LA Galaxy 2 - Columbus Crew 1: I couldn’t find this one on TV and was too lazy to use my MLS Live to watch it till a day later but if you were like me you kept checking to see would LA join the list of West Coast clubs to drop all their points this weekend. They did their best to keep hopes up with waiting until the 78th to find the back of the net but then the flood gates opened. The final 12 minutes plus stoppage had three goals with Baggio Husidic and Gio Dos Santos getting them for LA before Adam Jahn found late hope in stoppage. Columbus couldn’t find another and falls, as expected, on the road. LA gets to 43 points and sits behind RSL and Colorado with less wins and more played.
The Sounders definitely jabbed at our hopes with the loss in Portland and with the international break we’ve been left to sit in our sorrows with our sippy cup. But everyone around us in the standings has decided that we deserve the best shot possible. Seattle will make a final push to end the season needing four points, a draw and a win, to tie Portland. If Seattle can use their two games in hand and get just a draw and a win, they’ll be in the playoffs on tie-breakers. It’s that easy right now, the door is wide open, Schmetzer’s crew just have to walk in. The Sounders came into this year to score goals, get points, and to chew bubble and Pete Carroll just stole all the bubble gum.