En el último dia de la temporada regular y con cuatro plazas por definirse en el Oeste, los Sounders salieron con el simple objetivo de ganarle al Real Salt Lake para no depender de otros resultados, en especial el de los Vancouver Whitecaps-Portland Timbers. Con Jordan MORRIS de único puntero y el medio campo compactado con Nicolás LODEIRO, Álvaro FERNÁNDEZ, Erik FRIBERG y Cristian ROLDÁN .
There was some talk that the Disciplinary Committee could add games to his suspension, but Alonso says that he's available against Real Salt Lake
After a tussle with Houston Dynamo's Will Bruin last week, Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was sent off for violent conduct. Alonso served the automatic punishment for such an offense, a one-match ban, against FC Dallas last Sunday.
"I've been pretty consistent with the story of, I've given them ownership of the team. That is something that they believe in. I've gotten traction with that." -Brian Schmetzer
This Seattle Sounders team has managed as dramatic and crazy a turnaround as fans could have hoped since July. And this win — on the road, without Clint Dempsey, without Nicolas Lodeiro, on short rest, after giving up the first goal — has really put an exclamation point on an amazing run.
In possibly the most MLS thing that Major League Soccer has ever done, none of the teams seem to know when the first round of the playoffs start - specifically when the games are.
Philadelphia Union manager Jim Curtin revealed in his press conference that while the Union know that they're matching up against Toronto FC and that the game will take place in Toronto, that they don't know when that will be.
Looking Ahead to Orlando City It's time to pivot and start turning our attention to this weekend's game and what it could mean for the Union.
Union's Bedoya to play on Sunday Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, who left the last game with a rib injury and withdrew from playing in two friendlies with the United States National Team, will return to the lineup for Sundays' crucial Major League Soccer game against visiting Orlando City.
Sounders will host Sporting Kansas City in first round after beating RSL.
A season that saw the Seattle Sounders 10 points out of playoff position at one point will end with their eighth straight season and at least one home game. Alvaro Fernandez and Cristian Roldan each scored first-half goals as the Sounders topped Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Sunday.
Decision Day in Major League Soccer is finally here, and it promises to be even more exciting than last year.
TheWestern Conference will be especially hectic as four teams vie for three playoff spots. The Seattle Sounders will try to solidify a berth and a home playoff game againstReal Salt Lake, whichis one point above the Sounders entering Sunday's clash.
Even as the 2016 season marches on, Seattle Sounders FC are making plans to begin their 2017 campaign. They will once again head down to Tucson for a portion of their 2017 preseason to take part in the Desert Friendlies as one of seven MLS clubs participating, along with Portland Timbers, Sporting Kansas City, San Jose Earthquakes, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake, and a final team to be announced later.
If MLS referees were in charge of other aspects of your daily life, you'd probably be dead.
On Sunday, the Seattle Sounders traveled to Texas to play the FC Dallas of Frisco, and in doing so they lost in agonizing fashion. It was a loss where the Sounders were once winning. It was a loss where questionable refereeing dominated the post-game headlines.
With only three weeks left in the MLS regular season, the pressure is cranking up for a few teams on either side of the red line.
One of several marquee matcheson Saturday features FC Dallas hosting the LA Galaxy. These teams are separated by five points, but the Colorado Rapids have games in hand on both sides, adding more incentive to already heated matchup.
The Portland Timbers are on the road for today's midweek match as they take on Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa in CONCACAF Champions League play. With their eyes set on the top of the group, a result here for the Timbers will go a long way toward that goal.
Coming into this match, the Timbers have not shown much of their hand as they manage a busy week, including last Saturday's 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake, tonight's match against Saprissa, and a league clash on Saturday against Eastern Conference visitors the Philadelphia Union.
The Portland Timbers are finding their form at just the right time, and have created some space in the MLS Western Conference standings as a result.
Fanendo Adi slotted home a shot off a deflected Darlington Nagbe blast, and Jake Gleeson made that goal stand up with a plethora of excellent saves to help the Timbers earn a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake at Providence Park on Saturday night.
This time of year any three points are three big points.
But Saturday night's three points were absolutely imperative. The Portland Timbers have been as hapless on the road in 2016 as they have been stellar at home. And with six games remaining coming into Saturday evening -- three home and three away -- the Timbers were in a position in which they needed to be close to perfect at Providence Park is they want to make the playoffs.
The Portland Timbers are back home and in need of a win if they want to continue their run to the playoffs, but standing between them and three points are the second place side in the Western Conference: Real Salt Lake.
"While the match ups on the wings are somewhat concerning for the Timbers, at the top of the formation, Fanendo Adi should be primed for a good match as RSL are missing both of their first choice center backs: Jamison Olave to suspension and Aaron Maund to a broken toe.
Sporting Kansas City shored up their defense in Salt Lake City on Sunday night, but was unable to clinch a playoff berth with two games left as the club played to a 0-0 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium. What that means is that heading into next week's final slate of games, there are four teams vying for three playoff berths as KC host San Jose, Portland travel to Vancouver, and Seattle host Salt Lake.
Sporting Kansas City head into the final two games of the season with their playoff chances still very much in doubt. With two games left, KC sit in sixth place in the Western Conference, two points above seventh place Portland who is under the red line at this point. Every team in the league has played 32 games at this point, with the final two games of the season being played at the same time among all Western Conference teams.
Sounders midfielder suffers knee sprain, already ruled out for Dallas game and "doubtful" for Real Salt Lake.
Seattle Sounders midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz was forced to come off early in Wednesday's match against the Houston Dynamo, for what has been identified as a head coach Brian Schmetzer deemed a "slight knee sprain.
Everybody has something to play for at the end of a season.
The Story: Seattle needs three points to lock down their playoff spot, eyeing this home match against the last place Dynamo as the time to get them. Houston is out of the race, and with other things in mind, the club has experimented with roster positions and formations in the last stretch of the season.
Going into Saturday's game against Real Salt Lake the Houston Dynamo had never won at Rio Tinto Stadium, Real Salt Lake were undefeated at home in 2016 and the Dynamo had only won one game on the road in 2016. After Saturday's game the Dynamo had a win at Rio Tinto Stadium, RSL had their first home loss and Houston had their second road win of the season.
We spoke with Randal Serr of RSL Soapbox to talk about the upcoming match and Craig Waibel!
The Houston Dynamo are in last place in the league and their host, Real Salt Lake, is unbeaten at home. Things aren't looking good for the Dynamo, but the two have split their games with the home side winning in the first two meetings by just a goal.
The Dynamo are on the road looking to get a win over fourth place Real Salt Lake.
The Houston Dynamo are on the road this weekend to Salt Lake City to take on Real Salt Lake. Real is undefeated at home this season while the Dynamo have managed to win only on game on the road this season. The Dynamo have never won at Rio Tinto Stadium going 0-4-2 since the stadium opened in 2009.
14 goals so far this season and 5 more matches to add to the total. Yeah, he's had a pretty good season in 2016. Thank you, Fanendo!Portland Timbers For a look back at match highlights and more thoughts about the...
While the Portland Timbers have struggled on the road, they've been fabulous at home. Portland battled a game Real Salt Lake side in a very intense match at Providence Park, and they were able to make a Fanendo Adi 12th minute strike stand up for the victory in front of their 100th consecutive sell out crowd.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the match against Real Salt Lake.
Seattle Sounders FC take on Real Salt Lake in a critical match this Sunday on "Decision Day", and they are encouraging fans to arrive early for Fan Appreciation Day festivities. There will be an array of activities occurring before kickoff and during the match, both in and out of the stadium.
Sounders eliminated Vancouver from the MLS Cup Playoffs with 2-1 win. Seattle now in 5th.
Brian Schmetzer's Rave Green Army is on quite a roll. The Seattle Sounders won their third straight and for the seventh time in their past 10, topping the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 on Sunday. The run of form has allowed the Sounders to move up from ninth to fifth, and just one point behind fourth-place Real Salt Lake.
Real Salt Lake's attack has gone cold at the worst possible time.
For the third straight match, RSL was held scoreless as the Western Conference contender settled for a 0-0 draw with league-leaders FC Dallas at Rio Tinto Stadium. With the draw, FC Dallas maintains a five-point cushion atop the conference while RSL sits eight points back in fourth place.
If Seattle wins out they finish 6th at worst. Winning out isn't likely, but destiny is still in the Sounders hands (or feet).
Seattle drew in San Jose in a match that did less to improve the Sounders chances as it did to hurt San Jose's to get into the playoffs. While Portland and Vancouver each picked up wins, the majority of teams drew and left the door open for the Sounders.