Sunday, September 10, 2006

Seattle stay alive; Rochester clinch bye

With their season on the line, the Seattle Sounders needed nothing less then a full three points against Atlanta in order for their playoff dreams to not be dashed. However, up till the 90th minute it looked like they were going to finish their season with a tie. But as the team was pushing everyone forward for a goal, they got a little bit of luck when midfielder Leighton O’Brien was taken down by the six-yard box. This take down lead to a penalty kick, which fellow midfielder Andrew Gregor stuck in the back of the net for the 2-1 win.

As great as this win is for Seattle, they should still be nervous as they need two games to go just right if they want post season play as they need Miami to beat Puerto Rico and Vancouver to down Atlanta.

On the top of the table, Rochester earned a first round bye in the playoffs with their 1-0 win over Minnesota. They travel to Charleston tonight where, if they get a win, they would over take Montreal for the top spot in the league.

Here is the new table:

y Montreal Impact2851
y Rochester Raging Rhinos2749
x Charleston Battery2745
x Vancouver Whitecaps2743
Miami FC2738
Seattle Sounders2837
Puerto Rico Islanders2737
Atlanta Silverbacks2735

x - clinched playoff spot
y - clinched one of the top two spots, earning a bye in the first round of the playoffs
All teams play 28 matches

Here is the schedule again:
Miami and Puerto Rico play this afternoon in Puerto Rico
Atlanta plays in Vancouver tonight.

Here are the scenarios:
If Miami gets at least a tie on Sunday, they are in. If they lose, they can still get in provided Atlanta does no better then a tie against Vancouver.

Puerto Rico can advance with a victory or a tie.

Atlanta can advance with a win if Miami wins.

Seattle needs Miami to beat Puerto Rico and for Vancouver to beat Atlanta.

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