October 30, 2013 in Sports

Sounders brush off late-season collapse

Believe Colorado first step in long playoff run
Tim Booth Associated Press
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Adam Moffat, left, believes the Sounders can get hot and make a deep playoff run like his former team the Houston Dynamo did last season.
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SEATTLE – Adam Moffat is relatively new to Seattle but not to the situation the Sounders are about to face.

Moffat was with Houston a year ago when the Dynamo entered the Major League Soccer playoffs as the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference and made a run all the way to the MLS Cup final before falling to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Moffat’s experience is firsthand proof for the Sounders that getting stuck with having to play an extra round in the MLS playoffs doesn’t have to end up being a bad thing.

“It really doesn’t matter. Once you get in there it’s all about producing your best, and if not then you’re probably going to lose,” Moffat said. “We need to get back the form that we had a couple of months ago.”

Thanks to a late-season slide, the Sounders fell out of contention for the top spot in the Western Conference. They’re winless in their last seven games and now must host Colorado tonight in the play-in round.

The reward that sits on the other side of tonight’s matchup could be huge for the Sounders and the MLS: a shot at top-seeded Portland in the two-leg conference semifinals. Midfielder Brad Evans acknowledged after Seattle’s 1-1 draw with Los Angeles on Sunday night that while not discrediting Colorado, it was impossible not to think about a potential Cascadia playoff clash with the Timbers.

“I’ve been thinking about it to be honest. I would rather play Portland,” Evans said.

Seattle could be the ultimate wild card entering the post- season. They could continue on a run of bad form and flame out against a Colorado team that routed the Sounders 5-1 less than a month ago. Or, with the talent of U.S. national team players Evans, Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson, Seattle could make a deep run similar to what Houston and Los Angeles did a season ago.

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