Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 49° Partly Cloudy
Sports

Sounders have big goals in regular-season finale

Seattle Times

TUKWILA, Wash. – Playoff seeding. MLS Cup hosting rights. CONCACAF Champions League qualifying. There are a lot of numbers-based, results-based motivations for the Seattle Sounders to win in today’s 6 p.m. MLS regular-season finale at the Los Angeles Galaxy.

“Probably the most important thing is just for our guys to stay in a rhythm,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “You don’t want to go, necessarily, two weeks without playing (with your starters) if you can avoid it, especially when other teams are playing. You want to make sure you stay in a regular rhythm.”

A win or tie at The Home Depot Center would clinch the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference and, as a result, home-field advantage in the second leg of the two-game playoff series against Real Salt Lake.

A win would also give Seattle the third-best overall record in MLS, which has its own potential rewards. If the Sounders finish with the third-best record in the league, they would host any Eastern Conference team in the MLS Cup except Sporting Kansas City.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the sports newsletter

Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.