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Sounders have wildcard potential

Western Front reporter Cameron Caplinger shares his take on the Seattle Sounders current season.

Having not lost a match this season since Aug. 26, the Seattle Sounders are looking like a very formidable wild-card team in the MLS playoffs. Playing well against possible future opponents during the season with injuries throughout the squad, the Sounders could go from barely making the playoffs to dominating it.

The Sounders eliminated the defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy by a score of 3-2 on Wednesday, Oct. 28. With a few defensive miscues by LA, Seattle capitalized and managed to pull off the win in the one-game playoff.

After entering the season as heavy favorites to win the MLS Cup, the Sounders played sluggishly, but refused to lose as many games as the team should have.

Seattle started with a record 8-3-1 and then from June to August, the Sounders went 4-12-1 as they missed its star forward, Obafemi Martins, with a groin injury.

Now with his return, the Sounders have a 5-1-4 record, with offensive production no longer an issue.

The Sounders are definitely hot coming off of its stunning win over LA, and the team looks to keep its winning ways going.

Seattle will face FC Dallas on Sunday, Nov. 1.  The winner of that two-leg matchup will play the winner either the Portland Timbers or the Vancouver Whitecaps.If the Sounders can keep having strong defensive performances against tough offensive matchups like the LA Galaxy and possibly FC Dallas — both of which are in the top five in goals scored this season — then the Sounders could easily make it to the finals. Seattle’s offense is rejuvenated and fresh once more and scoring goals shouldn’t be an issue. Especially if the Sounders play such a laughable defense like the Galaxy had.

Too soon?

Illustration by Nicole Smith
Illustration by Nicole Smith

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