Today your beloved Seattle Sounders (finally) take their home pitch to play Chivas USA in the final matchup that can be called “Sounders vs. Chivas”. Even with the closing of this lopsided series (Chivas has never won at CenturyLink), drama saturates this game.
Normally I wouldn’t get too excited for a late season matchup with the Goats and, frankly, Chivas has nothing to do with the tense narratives surrounding this contest. After dropping six points and setting all their fans on a low boil of anxiety, the Sounders need a win. No, they don’t need the win to qualify for the playoffs, or even avoid the first round play-in game, as their probability of finishing in the top three is over 95%. It’s not even about the Supporters’ Shield, but pride.
Seattle needs the win to shut people up. The national media, and opposing fans across the league, are looking for Seattle to fall apart again. You can feel the schadenfreude emanating from Los Angeles, Salt Lake, Portland and Kansas City. Let’s remind the league that we’re the boss.
Bold Prediction: So I pooped the bed on Wednesday, predicting a Seattle rout. I ain’t losing faith in my boys. Chivas’s backline is garbage and I see Seattle putting four behind Dan Kennedy (one of the few Chivas starters you can predict with absolute confidence). But the Goats have cunning Cubo Torres whose quality shows as he sneaks one in. Two goals for Dempsey, one for Martins and Marshall: Seattle 4-1.