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Winners & Losers: Sounders 2, Earthquakes 1

A decisive Decision Day that was full of excitement

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart

There’s 10 minutes to go and then MLS decides to lose its mind. Raul Ruidiaz scores with his junk in the 79th minute and the next 10 minutes of my life is spent learning calculus to figure out the standings. Colorado scores. Their broadcast dies. Houston scores, and then scores, and then scores again. Seattle scores. Colorado scores again. What a time to be alive. Some decision day, huh?

Winners

Raul Ruidiaz

Raul Ruidiaz has 10 goals in 14 games for Seattle Sounders FC. Can’t pick a favorite one, so I'll just talk about the most recent one. 93rd minute, Ozzie Alonso passes to Victor Rodriguez who passes it to Nicolas Lodeiro who passes to Raul Ruidaz who passes it to the back of the net. There’s not a roof on CenturyLink Field, but if there was one it would’ve blown off during that celebration. What a group of players, and what a group of fans.

Cristian Roldan, Iron Man

In the 37th minute of the final game of the season, Cristian Roldan became the first Sounders outfield player to play 3,000 minutes in a regular season. Started all 34 games, played every position (basically), and sent in this cross.

First Round Bye

On June 30th the Sounders had a 1.67% chance to make the playoffs. On Oct. 28 they secured second place in the Western Conference and a first round bye.

Incredible.

Losers

LA Galaxy

The Fighting Zlatans were leading 2-0 at home in the second half against the Houston Dynamo, a team with absolutely nothing to play for.

The game ended 3-2. The Dynamo won. The same Dynamo team that’s been eliminated from the playoffs for a month and had one road win all year.

FC Dallas

On Sept. 10 FC Dallas sat in first place. After their lost to Colorado they finish in 4th place in the west. A late season collapse in Frisco is becoming a annual occurrence.

Whoever books CenturyLink Field events

Look, I get it. The Sounders will always have to make room for the Seahawks. But playing a playoff game on a Thursday instead of a Sunday to accommodate a car show? That’s just mean.