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September 25, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Sounders FC 1, Chicago Fire 0 — quick postgame thoughts

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— WOW! What a result for Seattle, picking up three HUGE points on the road. The cushion between the Sounders and its postseason competitors grew significantly these last two weeks and the four remaining games on the schedule (vs. Toronto, at Kansas City, vs. Chivas USA, at Houston) are all very winnable.

— Blaise Nkufo is the hero for the second week in a row with the unlikeliest of game-winners in the 88th minute. The designated player showed incredible calm and savvy — tired legs and all — to put away a rare chance for the visitors. Even though the shot took a fortuitous deflection, if you put ’em on goal you create your luck.

— Most of the credit, I feel, should go to the back four + Osvaldo Alonso. Seattle was relentless on defense, absorbing pressure for nearly the entire 90 minutes but keeping Kasey Keller’s net from a barrage. That said, Keller made a couple great saves, including a point-blank stop on Marco Pappa that was the second biggest play of the game. Hats off to the guys in the back for holding a desperate team to zero at home.

— The Sounders are road warriors. Enduring one of the craziest travel schedules you’ll ever see, Seattle got all six points in league play against Columbus and Chicago. Forget those CONCACAF games. That’s five road wins in MLS now for this team — not to mention those late leads lost in Salt Lake and Dallas. It’s a good sign for a team that would have to perform on the road in the playoffs.

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