Today sees another make-or-break game for the Seattle Sounders. Seattle’s season could either end dismally, or start a trajectory towards Cascadian history. On the pitch in Frisco at 4:30pm, the Sounders season turns.
Seattle is unbeaten in their last 11 matches across all competitions, and if that streak holds, the Sounders will punch their ticket to the Western Conference finals for the 3rd time in 4 years. Their opponents in the Finals will either be a very beatable Vancouver Whitecaps or Portland Timbers side, and then a very beatable Eastern Conference team awaits them in MLS Cup. Not to look ahead, but I am very high on this team’s chances to break Seattle’s Cup-less streak. Yet FC Dallas may have a little something to say about that.
FC Dallas has held a fine form over their last 11 as well, going 7-3-1, and earning only 3 points less than Seattle (7-0-4) in that span. Dallas will not go quietly, and an injury-depleted Seattle side needs to stay disciplined and hungry, or find themselves on the receiving end of another playoff heartbreak.
BOLD PREDICTION: Your humble blogger also has a streak to protect. I’ve aced my last three Bold Predictions: FCD, LA and RSL. I feel a lot of pressure because with great power comes great responsibility.
Dallas will score at home. I do not see Seattle keeping a clean sheet with Scott at CB. He is a gamer, but always good for a few cockups. Dallas will play on the front foot, because a draw sinks them. The Sounders, though looking to defend and counter, will also score.
Sometimes late, but always timely, Seattle will find the back of the net. The Sounders attack is too multi-faceted and the hydra has regained its many heads. Deuce switching with Valdez is a nightmare for any backline and with Oba commanding so much attention, space will be found for Sounders attackers
So the question is, who wins the shootout? Neither team, as the match ends in a 2-2 draw and Seattle advances. See you in Sodo next weekend, boys.