MLS Soccer: Sounders
In ESPN’s power rankings, which you can read here, the Sounders are ranked 2nd, but the team ahead of them is the L.A. Galaxy, who are also in the Western Conference and beat the Sounders 1-0 in Seattle in the season opener and then played to a 0-0 draw in La La Land on July 4th.
The Sounders will play their last regular season match against Chivas USA on Saturday the 22nd and they are hoping the match will be a tune up for the upcoming playoffs. Seattle is assured of 2nd place in the Western Conference while Chivas USA will not make the playoffs. When these 2 teams met early in the season in Seattle the match ended a scoreless draw. In an interesting fact the home team has never lost in this match up.
In their last match the Sounders lost to Monterrey 2-1 on October 18th in the first CONCACAF Champions League and in their last MLS match Seattle gave soon-to-be-retired goalie Kasey Keller a great farewell by beating San Jose 2-1 on the 15th.
International Round Up
Even with their loss to Monterrey the result did not matter, as the Sounders made it out of the group stage and are set to play in their first ever first CONCACAF Champions League knockout stage.
OUT: GK Terry Boss (concussion), MF Michael Seamon (lateral ankle tendon), MF Steve Zakuani (R leg fracture), FW OíBrian White (leg surgery), QUESTIONABLE: Josh Ford (knee pain), PROBABLE: DF Jeff Parke (concussion).
Trades and Rumors
Sounders in the Community
James Riley was named Sounders FC Humanitarian of the Year for the 2nd straight season and there is no disputing what he has done in the Seattle community in terms of humanitarian efforts.
Since Riley joined the Sounders in 2009 he has worked in the community in the organizations of the Renton/Skyway Boys & Girls Club, Special Olympics, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, America SCORES Seattle and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, as well with others.
Riley will go up against the winners from the other clubs in the MLS for a league humanitarian award and that winner will be awarded later this season.
|Oct 22-10:30 PM ET||Record|
|SEA||17-7-9 (8-3-5 V)|
|CHIVAS||8-13-12 (5-6-5 H)|