Seattle Sounders Take Playoff Quest To New England

Bill HareCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2010

Steve Zakuani secured two assists in Seattle's 3-1 U.S. Open Cup semifinal win over Chivas USA Wednesday night.
Steve Zakuani secured two assists in Seattle's 3-1 U.S. Open Cup semifinal win over Chivas USA Wednesday night.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

As the 2010 season reaches its final stages a Sounders team that has attained ts optimal level of play seeks to achieve post-season playoff status.  The latest effort in that direction occurs Saturday at 4:30 PT as the Sounders tackle the host New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

After pleasing the home faithful Wednesday night at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington with an impressive 3-1 victory over Chivas USA to advance to the finals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship, Seattle Sounders FC switches gears and moves back into MLS competition.

Wednesday night Nate Jaqua scored twice and Steve Zakuani supplied two assists.  

The Rave Green will continue its bid to repeat as Cup champions when it hosts the Columbus Crew in the Open Cup Final on October 5 on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field.

The Sounders have achieved a seasonal MLS mark of 9 wins with 8 losses and 5 draws for 32 points.  Overall after including friendlies and international competition the team stands at 12-10-7 overall.  Seattle is on a current domestic hot steak with only one setback in the team’s last 11 matches.

After coming from behind to beat Freddie Ljungberg and the Chicago Fire 2-1 at home last week, Sounders FC rides a franchise best seven game unbeaten (5-0-2) streak into New England.

The 3-0 home win over the Revolution on June 5 matched the biggest victory margin for the club. The Revs are 6-12-3 with 21 points.  While they have lost three in a row the team has notched a 5-4-2  home mark. New England lost at home to Monarcas Morelia 2-1 in the SuperLiga final on Wednesday.

Seattle's surge to begin the second half of the season has propelled it currently into the second of four wild card slots. Eight teams qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs, the first two teams in each division and those with the next four best point totals.

Seattle returns home September 9 to host reigning MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake in a nationally televised contest on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field.


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