In a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire, the Seattle Sounders see their chances in tournament play dwindling. After a 0-0 tie to San Jose on Friday, the 6am loss to the Fire–considered a beatable team–means that the Sounders are in a must win scenario next Sunday. Even with a potential win over the Vancouver Whitecaps it may not be enough to prevent getting dropped out of the MLS is Back Tournament.
“We have to get a win to have any chance of going through,” Sounders forward Jordan Morris said via a videoconference call provided by MLS. “That’s our mentality for the next game. We’ll have a little bit more rest, which will be good. Vancouver is a team we’re familiar with, so we’re going to have to come out and do everything we can to get a win.”
“The second goal certainly was an issue,” Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said via videoconference call of Arreaga’s positioning. “He misses his mark, but the ball goes inside of our 6-yard box, on the floor, all the way over to the back post. So, I have to accept responsibility for that. Defending on corner kicks, on set pieces has to be better. … I thought the back four was playing extremely well up until that moment (first goal). Goals change things.”
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Sounders need a win on Sunday night against Vancouver if they stand a chance of advancing in the MLS Tournament. Otherwise the Sounders stand to lose a lot of potential points and a severe hinderance to their title defense.
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