The Seattle Sounders are in town to play the Dynamo on Sunday. If it seems like you just saw this match-up it’s because the two teams played each other just over a week ago when Houston was on the road to Seattle. The playoff fate for both teams has been sealed but Seattle still has a chance at securing their final positioning in the postseason.
On October 8, the Sounders defeated the Houston Dynamo 4-1 in a game that killed the tiny ember of Houston’s playoff hopes. Seattle scored four goals before defender DaMarcus Beasley scored the lone goal for the Dynamo at the end of the game. Former Dynamo Will Bruin was the first to score for Seattle after Cristian Roldán played the ball into Bruin who had his back to goal. Bruin spun around and got off a shot that went past Joe Willis to make it 1-0. Later Roldán finished off a counterattack to make it 2-0 in the 34th minute. Things only got worse in the second half as Victor Rodríguez scored two goals to make it 4-0 Seattle by the 73rd minute. Thanks to a goal from Beasley in the 87th minute Houston prevented being shut out in the game.
Houston then went on to lose to Los Angeles FC on Friday night to the tune of 4-2. Mauro Manotas gave Houston the lead in the 33rd minute with the first goal of the game. The game was halted in the 36th minute due to lightening and when play resumed the momentum shifted away from the Dynamo and to LAFC. Carlos Vela scored on a penalty kick that was awarded after Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric, in his first start of the season, brought Vela down in the penalty area. LAFC took the lead when Adama Diomande scored in the 53rd minute and extended that lead when Walker Zimmerman scored five minutes later to make it 3-1. Vela scored off of a rebound in the 79th minute after Deric made a stop on a shot from Diego Rossi. Unfortunately, the effort from Deric left an open net an an easy chip for Vela to make it 4-1. A minute later Andrew Wenger scored for the Dynamo but his effort wasn’t enough to mount a come back against LAFC’s four goals.
Seattle went on the road against Orlando City SC on Wednesday this past week for a 2-1 win that sealed their spot in the playoffs. Victor Rodriguez scored in the third minute of the game to give the Sounders an early lead. Handwalla Bwana doubled their lead in the 13th minute. Dom Dwyer scored for Orlando in the 57th minute, but it wasn’t enough to defeat Seattle.
With the Dynamo out of the playoffs they don’t have anything left to play for other than pride. Seattle has secured their spot in the postseason but still want to secure their final place in the playoffs. They are currently in fourth place with 53 points while LAFC and Sporting Kansas City sit above them with 56 points.
The game kickoffs at 4 pm CT on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium.