The Seattle Sounders are not out of the woods. Not yet and not by a long shot. But with six games left in the 2016 season, a path to the playoffs has become clear. The Sounders are going to need to win their final three home games and probably pick up a couple more points on the road.
That won't guarantee them a spot in the playoffs, but given that the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City only have one home game apiece and that they've been nothing short of awful on the road, the Sounders' path looks reasonable enough.
SEATTLE With their playoff hopes perhaps on the line, the Seattle Sounders earned a vital three points against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday afternoon. A goal from Jordan Morris and yet another assist from midsummer signing Nicolas Lodeiro was just enough to lift the Sounders to a 1-0 win in front of 47,111 at CenturyLink Field.
JOEtv has the match locally, while ROOT Sports is showing it regionally. The 1 PM start will feature Seattle sunshine.
If the Seattle Sounders are going to win the Cascadia Cup they have to win big today, and they'll still need help. If the Seattle Sounders are going to make the MLS Cup Playoffs they basically need to win today, and they'll still need help.
Poor results on the field lead to reduced demand at the gate.
When the Sounders take the field Saturday afternoon against Cascadia Cup rivals Vancouver Whitecaps, they'll do so in front of a now-expected 50,000+ bodied crowd. But now in a three-year period of growth stagnation, the era of the Sounders sitting all alone at the top of Major League Soccer's attendance charts may be coming to an end.
Timbers won't admit it, but they want Seattle to pass them for the last playoff spot
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.
The result wasn't much of a surprise given the lineup that both Sporting Kansas City and the Vancouver Whitecaps put out on Tuesday night at Children's Mercy Park, but Sporting KC's elimination from the 2016-2017 CCL after a 2-1 loss to the Whitecaps still stung. It didn't help that the inevitable had to wait through a 120 minute weather delay due to weather passing through the Kansas City area, turning an announced crowd of 13,422 to maybe 1,500 by the end of the game.
Sporting Kansas City step back out of league play to begin their home stretch of this year's CONCACAF Champions League. Unfortunately the games probably couldn't have gone much worse for Sporting KC. After the Vancouver Whitecaps started off the group with a win in Trinidad against Central FC, Sporting could only draw their game in Trinidad, already putting KC at a two point disadvantage.
The Portland Timbers did not do themselves any favors in Saturday's 3-1 loss to FC Dallas, failing to bring home a road point for the 14th time this season and losing control of their playoff destiny. Of course, a road loss to the best team in the league comes as no surprise, and looking at the remainder of the Timbers' schedule, reaching the playoffs still looks like a very attainable goal.
Sporting Kansas City's chances of advancing out of their group in the 2016-2017 Champions League took a major hit in Vancouver tonight as Sporting came out completely flat and could never recover as they fell 3-0 on the road to the Whitecaps. The loss drops Kansas City to third in the three team group with one point and a -3 goal difference through their first two games.
A Canada vs. America showdown headlines this week's CONCACAF Champions League action
Sporting Kansas City travels north of the border to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps in an all-MLS group C match-up. Elsewhere, FC Dallas will travel down to Nicaragua to face Group H cellar-dwellers Real Esteli.
Sporting Kansas City close out the road portion of their CCL group play tomorrow night in Vancouver where they'll play their second game in four days against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place. After a 2-2 draw in Trinidad last week, Sporting KC sit in second place in the group behind Vancouver who have three points after they won 1-0 in Trinidad.
Controversy around a penalty kick usuallyhinges on whether the penalty should or should not have been called. In the case of Sporting KC and the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday night, the confusion arose from what occurred after the ball was struck.
Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted easily saved Benny Feilhaber's penalty kick, which was called as Jacob Peterson went down in the box in the 63rd minute.
Sporting got some help from other results around the league before they took on the Vancouver Whitecaps late at Children's Mercy Park, and took full advantage claiming a 2-0 win over Vancouver to push them up into fourth place in the Western Conference.
Kansas City controlled the first half of play keeping the Whitecaps pinned back in their own end for long stretches.
While Fabian Espindola's stay in Vancouver was brief to say the least, the Whitecaps appear to have found a more permanent option at striker to bolster the team's already dangerous attack.
The Whitecaps acquired forward Giles Barneson Saturday night from the Houston Dynamo in a trade that sent general allocation money and the right of first refusal for Costa Rican defender Keyner Brown to the latter.
Saturday's clash between the Houston Dynamo and Vancouver Whitecaps was played despite scorching hot temperatures, but the play of the two sides never came close to matching the levels of the weather on the field.
The Dynamo and Whitecaps played to a scoreless draw on Saturday night, with the Canadian side earning their third draw in four games.
Brad Evans was unable to make a semi-miraculous recovery and will not be available for Saturday's Cascadia Cup clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Joevin Jones and Jordan Morris, both of whom were unable to full participate in training this week, were able to get ready in time for the match.
Long distance shots and Kendall Waston's fouling ability will be the story of this match
Vancouver has played poorly all year, underachieving about as much as Seattle has in 2016. They have been inconsistent on both sides of the ball for much of the season, but their defense has finally started to improve in recent weeks.
After nearly two months, the Vancouver Whitecaps are finally back in the win column.
Led by second half goals from Andrew Jacobson and Eric Hurtado, the Whitecaps toppled the Columbus Crew, 3-1, in a game delayed by inclement weather. The win is the Whitecaps first since July 13, snapping an eight-game winless run.
Carson, Calif. The Vancouver Whitecaps left their finishing boots and their good luck charms behind in Canada, and left Southern Californiawith a 0-0 draw against Western Conference rival LA Galaxy.
The Whitecaps may have struggled to find the back of the net, but that was still a superior performance to the Galaxy, who struggled to generate shots in the first hour, and struggled all night to combine effectively in the final third.
The San Jose Earthquakes failed to win each of their first 12 road matches, but Quincy Amarikwa and Simon Dawkins ensured Friday night would be a successful one for a team still in the thick of a playoff race.
Amarikwa and Dawkins each contributed goals on the night, leading the Quakes to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place.