Follow us:

Sounders FC

Daily coverage of Seattle Sounders FC, MLS and world soccer.

September 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Sounders drop two points, still have best PPG

standings 09302013


UPDATE 2:20 p.m. — According to MLS, the only way for the Sounders to clinch a playoff berth this week is to beat the Rapids. So as of now, it appears there isn’t a scenario Seattle can advance with a tie and help.

*     *     *

It’s no secret Sunday wasn’t the best display from Sounders FC, and a 1-1 tie allowed Real Salt Lake to close the gap on points in the Western Conference over the weekend.

Seattle still has games in hand, of course, and maintained the league’s best points-per-game average. Over in the East (full standings here), New York has 52 points but a 1.68 PPG having also played two more games than the Sounders.

So what’s next?

Well, that would be clinching a playoff berth, something both teams at CenturyLink Field could have done with a win.

Here is how Seattle can do it:

— Beat Colorado on Saturday. Plain and simple.

I’m sure there are other complicated scenarios, and I’ll try to figure them out this week. The league will also send out some scenarios this week, but even those needed some revision recently in the Sounders case.

In some other notes, 62 points would clinch the Supporters’ Shield for Seattle and 58 points would clinch a top-three finish in the West (avoiding the postseason play-in round between the No. 4 and 5 seeds).

Any thoughts on where the Sounders sit after Sunday’s tie?

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►