Seattle Sounders FC: What’s Really at Stake Against the Los Angeles Galaxy

When the Sounders step inside the Home Depot Center on Sunday, they’ll be playing for their playoff lives. The bottom line is that if they do not come up with a victory, they will not advance. They’ll come back to Seattle, and their season will be over. That’s the face value of the match, at least. For the second consecutive season, the Sounders have snuck into the playoffs. And after three playoff games, the Sounders have failed to put a single ball in the back of the net. They have played 300 minutes of goalless, playoff soccer. Something has to give on Sunday. Because in my opinion, the Sounders are playing for a little more than just surviving and advancing. Elimination by the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday means that the Sounders would have had the exact same year they had last year. Sure, they won the US Open Cup Championship again. It’s a feat. But it’s only a momentary feeling of accomplishment. During the preliminary rounds, teams are sending their reserves and playing for depth. Only when a team reaches the semifinals do MLS sides actually put forth effort. The real tournament to win is the MLS Cup playoffs, and if the Sounders can’t even get out ...
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