CONCACAF Champions League winners Seattle Sounders are running out of time if they’re to gatecrash the MLS Cup play-offs.
On Friday night, despite taking an early lead through Yeimar Gómez, Brian Schmetzer’s team were beaten 2-1 at Providence Park by Cascadia Cup rivals Portland Timbers.
This result means the Rave Green are now winless in four, only winning two of ten outings since 2 July.
So, the kings of CONCACAF, who’ve featured in four of the last seven MLS Cups, are tenth in the west, four points below the play-off spots.
After this, Seattle have just six games remaining, needing a streak of wins if they’re to avoid missing the play-offs for the first time ever.
Over in the Eastern Conference, Orlando City currently occupy one of the coveted play-off places.
On Sunday night, the Lions beat NYCFC 2-1 at Exploria Stadium; Tesho Akindele scoring a 96th minute winner.
That’s now three successive victories for Óscar Pareja’s team, who’d actually lost three on the bounce before this.
Also, Orlando take on Sacramento Republic in next Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup Final, so are still in the running for two pieces of silverware.
Who will this crucial cross-conference clash in the Sunshine State?