For all the ups and downs this season has endured, the Sounders head into the final week of the regular season knowing that a win will secure the No. 2 seed in the West. The path to this point definitely hasn’t been as enjoyable as any of us would have liked, but I also suspect we’d have accepted this fate if it had been offered to us before the season began.
Their latest win was a reasonably impressive 1-0 decision at San Jose in which Jordan Morris scored in the 94th minute. That was fourth time since the end of the Gold Cup break that the Sounders won a game with a goal in the 89th minute or later, Those eight added points are currently the difference between the No. 2 spot and missing the playoffs.
We discussed that game and how it fits into the larger arc of the season. We also caught up with Federal Way’s Hassani Dotson, who spent his youth playing for Washington Premier and Crossfire. Dotson is shaping up to be “the one that got away” from the Sounders Academy, having been passed over following a try out and then turning down a S2 contract before going to Oregon State. Dotson played four years there before being picked in the second round of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft and not only making the First Team roster but starting more than a dozen games for playoff-bound Minnesota United.
This week’s music: Perry Como - “Seattle”, ”RVIVR - ”Ocean Song”, Woody Guthrie - “Roll On Columbia”, ”Your Journey Begins” - OurMusicBox (Jay Man) (CC BY 4.0)
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