The Seattle Sounders face upstart Orlando City SC and the thin red line is looming.
Orlando and Seattle are both on the razor’s edge of playoff qualification. With only ten games left, both teams need to start winning now. Orlando, especially, is hungry for a win as they are trying to pull a Seattle and make the playoffs in their inaugural year. The Lions would be only the 3rd MLS team (Chicago and Seattle) to do so.
Back in 2009, Seattle, just like OCSC, was eyeing the playoffs this late in the year. We finished strong, beating L.A. in L.A. and ending the season with a 3-game winning streak. Orlando is hoping for such a run.
The 2015 Sounders also need a strong finish. We’ve all been pretty lax in Soundersland over the past 2 months, as the team has tumbled down the table. We’ve contextualized losing, been distractied from losing, and still are above that line. But if we can’t beat an expansion team with all our new guns, maybe another MLS record get set: Seattle missing the playoffs.
BOLD PREDICTION: The real excitement today is seeing all of the new toys Garth bought us: Torres and H. Valdez should start. Maybe Ivanschitz as well. Oba should be back and Captain Brad will, crankily, be in the midfield. The Sounders should–big should here–should trounce Orlando. The lack of chemistry and rust will be a factor. I’m looking for a gritty, sometimes ugly, 1-0 Seattle win. But those 3 league points will be beautiful.