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September 29, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Sounders clinch fourth-straight playoff berth

Four years. Four playoffs berths.

Sounders FC has qualified for the postseason yet again following Saturday’s 0-0 tie in Vancouver. While the accomplishment was all but assured based on how the year had gone, now it’s official (as seen from the “x” in the standings below).

Sure, the result against the Whitecaps wasn’t ideal, but it’s hard not to be impressed with Seattle’s consistent success since joining MLS as an expansion team in 2009.

Asked about clinching a fourth-straight playoff berth, coach Sigi Schmid said it’s “tremendous.”

“You look at what all other teams are doing, especially the expansion teams — there’s been a lot of expansion since we’ve come in — and I think our record stands alone in what we’ve been able to accomplish so far,” he continued. “It’s a tribute to the organization all the way down. We’ve got a lot of stability, and as a result of that, there’s consistency and a belief that we’ve been able to instill in our club. We’ve still got big goals this year. The No. 1 goal was to make it back to the playoffs and now we can talk about the other goals from there.”

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