Schmetzer leads Sounders from 9th to 4th and into MLS Playoffs (video highlights)

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SEATTLE, WA— Head Coach Brian Schmetzer has led the Sounders from the bottom of the Western Conference all the way up to 4th place after Seattle’s 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake before 50,022 fans at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. The Rave Green made early goals from Alvaro Fernandez and Cristian Roldan hold up over 90-plus minutes.

Fernandez got the home side off to a dream start, tapping in at the back post after a lovely flick of Tyrone Mears’ low cross by Jordan Morris just three minutes in. RSL leveled less than a minute later, however, when Luke Mulholland’s deflected shot snuck past Stefan Frei into the far inside netting.

But Roldan was the man on the spot to thump home from close range after a Seattle corner kick sparked havoc in the Real box just past the half-hour mark, pushing his team back in front.

MLS Western Conference

Points Overall
# Club PTS PPG GP W L T GF GA GD
1 s – FC Dallas 60 1.76   34 17 8 9 50 40 10
2 x – Colorado Rapids 58 1.71   34 15 6 13 39 32 7
3 x – LA Galaxy 52 1.53   34 12 6 16 54 39 15
4 x – Seattle Sounders FC 48 1.41   34 14 14 6 44 43 1
5 x – Sporting Kansas City 47 1.38   34 13 13 8 42 41 1
6 x – Real Salt Lake 46 1.35   34 12 12 10 44 46 -2
7 Portland Timbers 44 1.29 34 12 14 8 48 53 -5
8 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 39 1.15 34 10 15 9 45 52 -7
9 San Jose Earthquakes 38 1.12 34 8 12 14 32 40 -8
10 Houston Dynamo 34 1 34 7 14 13 39 45 -6

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Hosting Sporting KC Thursday

Seattle Sounders FC has secured fourth place in the Western Conference, setting the stage for a 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs Knockout Round clash with Sporting Kansas City on Thursday, October 27. Kickoff for the first fixture of Seattle’s eighth-consecutive postseason campaign is set for 7:00 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. The match is being broadcast nationally on FS1 and UniMás, with radio details being announced at a later date.

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NOW ON-SALE: Tickets for Thursday’s Knockout Round match versus Sporting Kansas City can be purchased via the following link: http://sndrs.com/ung9.

Sunday’s match marked a busy MLS Decision Day, with every team in the league squaring off in simultaneous kickoffs with postseason positions on the line. Seattle needed either a win over RSL or a loss or draw by either Portland or Sporting Kansas City to clinch its berth. As the dust settled, the Rave Green took control of their own destiny with the victory, while Portland fell 4-1 to Vancouver and Sporting Kansas City beat San Jose 2-1, claiming the fifth-seed position and trip to face Seattle.

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