In the simplest sense, Sounders FC moved just one spot in the Western Conference standings after Sunday’s 2-1 comeback win against Chivas USA.
A closer look shows the weekend was way more significant than that, and much of it came Saturday as four teams above Seattle lost: Real Salt Lake, Portland, Los Angeles and Vancouver.
The key column in the table is always points-per-game, since the Sounders have played fewer games than everyone else in the conference. As you can see Seattle is right in the mix with four teams — being within 0.05 PPG on the Rapids, Galaxy, Whitecaps and Dallas — on average performance this season.
All that wasn’t lost on the Sounders.
“It was an important three points especially because of how the results went this weekend,” said coach Sigi Schmid. “The results for us were very favorable with the teams ahead of us in the standings all losing, with the exception of Colorado. So we have those three points and games in hand, but the games in hand don’t mean anything unless you get points. Now we have to go out next week and get three points again on our homestand, get a new record for undefeated streak at home. … If we get three points we’ll start making up that gap.”
“It’s not just a two-horse race anymore,” said midfielder Brad Evans. “There are six or seven teams that are fighting for five spots. So, we do our best and next week we get back out there.”
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