Formerly with the chokehold on the West, the Seattle Sounders continue on through the next few months with teams nipping at their heels.
Sunday’s match against the Houston Dynamo is one that the Seattle Sounders cannot afford to lose. With Real Salt Lake closing in on the top spot in the West, Seattle now sits only two points above RSL.
Riding a two game losing streak has already forced them in second place in the whole league behind the East’s Sporting Kansas City. Which means Seattle needs to refocus themselves and get the train back on the rails to avoid any other sliding down the rankings.
Facing the second in the east DC United, RSL takes on a strong United squad, hoping to take first in the East by earning a win on the road tonight at 10 p.m. EST (7 p.m. PDT).
The LA Galaxy look to make Landon Donovan’s last playoff run a memorable one, who faced the San Jose Earthquake last night. Lucky for Seattle, San Jose managed to take away three points from LA by earning a 2-2 draw, good for one point each in the standings.
San Jose currently sits in the second to last spot in the West, tied at 23 points with Chivas USA. They have three matches in hand and hold the third spot over FC Dallas despite being tied at 33 points.
The playoff race will surely be one to watch, since three of the five teams in the Western Conference are all one win away from closing in on the top spot. The fifth and final spot, owned by the Colorado Rapids at 30 points, is still up for grabs with the Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers knocking on the door with 29 and 27 points respectively.
The Sounders are still a bit banged up, potentially without Chad Marshall again, after he was forced out of the past two matches, both losses, and being pulled out of Wednesday’s All-Star win against Bayern Munich. Seattle has failed to win a match without him in the lineup, going 0-2-1 in three matches on the sideline.
Should they again find themselves without their defender, things could get ugly and even more out of hand if they can’t solve their issues without him in the lineup.
On to Sunday’s match, the Seattle Sounders face a Houston Dynamo team that is currently sitting on the outside of the Eastern Conference. With every game counting more and more, the Sounders will more than likely face a team willing to put it all out there. They know that Seattle’s back line is beat up, and they will try to exploit that every passing minute of the game.
Houston is led by forward Will Bruin with eight goals this season, Giles Barnes is next with five goals and Brad Davis is third in goals with four but first on the team with five assists.
Sunday’s match begins at 10:30 p.m. EST (7:30 p.m. PDT).