September 21, 2009

Sounders FC and the postseason

Here's an interesting reaction by Seattle Times beat reporter Jose Romero after the Sounders tied with Chivas USA on Saturday...

Six draws at home. They could be losses I suppose.

Just another frustrating result at home and I could hear it in everyone's voices. Want to clarify one thing: Brad Evans said that maybe he should have gone down earlier when talking about the takedown in the box that wasn't called late in the game and maybe he would have gotten a PK. He did go on to say that he isn't one to just go down in the box unless someone is impeding his progress.

At this point it is still very difficult to say which teams will get into the playoffs. I'd put money on Houston, but everything else is up in the air. It's clear though that a Seattle win today would have really helped its chances, and now Sounders FC has to get it done on the road.

Seattle outshot Chivas USA 12-4. The Sounders also finished with a 10-3 advantage in corner kicks. That's dominance and a very winnable game.

Eight cards were issued.

The attendance (32,710 in some drizzle) was the largest for a Seattle home MLS match this season. Impressive when you consider the UW game and a Mariners game on the same day, UW game at same time.

Apparently you can't tie yourself to the playoff and while currently sitting third in the Western Conference, nothing is guaranteed since the teams below the Sounders FC have played fewer games. These last four games are going to be huge for the team. Time to start biting your knuckles....

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