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Sounders all but clinch second, want more

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Oct. 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm with 4 Comments »
October 6, 2011 11:17 pm

Vancouver whipped Real Salt Lake tonight, 3-0. It was the Whitecaps’ first win in their new home, BC Place.

However, the result — RSL’s fourth straight loss — all but assures Seattle of no less than second place in the MLS Western Conference. No less than second in all of MLS, for that matter.

Heading into their Saturday game with Philadelphia, the Sounders are seven points behind Los Angeles and six ahead of Salt Lake, with a game in hand on each. That means with every future result working in their favor, RSL could only pull even with the Sounders in the standings, and Seattle leads in the goal-differential tie-breaker, 19-8.

Meanwhile, the Sounders made it clear today that they haven’t given up on catching the Galaxy for the Supporters Shield.

“We talked about it today,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “They realize mathematically there’s still a shot at the Supporter’s Shield. Sometimes it’s not over until it’s over… [The Galaxy] play at Houston still, which is going to be difficult because Houston is going to be in need of points at the end of the year, so it’s going to be a difficult game. Chivas is not a team that’s looking for points right now, but Chivas-Galaxy is a big rivalry game—it’s like us playing Portland or us playing Vancouver—so there’s still some difficult games for them so you don’t know what’s going to happen. What we want to do is put ourselves in a position where if they do slip we’re there to take advantage of it. If they don’t slip, then we’ve maintained our rhythm of play and maintained a consistency of play.”

“We know we’re still in it,” Osvaldo Alonso said through a translator. “We feel like we’re still in it. It just depends on how the games go against the Galaxy, but right now we’re focusing on Saturday, and then we’ll just look at it a game at a time until we get there.”

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  1. EverydayFan says:

    DR – RSL seems to be “mailing it in.”
    Is there a way for them to lose their way into the Eastern Conference bracket?
    It worked for them once before ….

  2. Don Ruiz says:

    Even if so, it may bot work. Dallas matching them loss for loss.

  3. exSlacker says:

    @Everyday(‘s a holiday)…I think it’s a bit unfair to say that they are mailing it in. They had a bad game or two and then Beckerman let the frustration get the best of him. He is the heart and soul of that team…and without him they struggle mightily. In addition, during the Caps game, Will Johnson, Espindola, and Saborio were all out on national team callups….so they were without all 3 AND Beckerman. That would be like us wihtout Montero, Alonzo, Fucito, and Fernandez. Now…WE have been able to do just that. We’ve been winning games without huge chunks of our starting 11. However – I think that, when the playoffs roll around, RSL will be back to full strength – including a more fit Morales who is just back on the pitch – and plenty dangerous.

  4. jimkingjr says:

    Not sure the East would be the cakewalk it once looked like- Philadelphia and Kansas City currently looking pretty good…

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