Time is rapidly ticking for Seattle Sounders who, despite winning CONCACAF Champions League in May, are on the brink of missing the play-offs for the first time ever.
Last weekend, the Rave Green appeared to be dead and buried when they were 1-0 down at home to strugglers Houston Dynamo.
But then, on the hour mark, Nouhou breathed new life into their hopes, scoring his first MLS goal, coming in his 149th appearance in the competition.
Only six players have taken longer to score their maiden goal in MLS than the Cameroonian full-back.
Seattle’s shot at victory appeared to have gone when Nicolás Lodeiro’s spot-kick was saved, missing a regular season penalty for the very first time.
However, mere moments later, veteran Fredy Montero fired home the winner, sending Lumen Field wild.
This is the first time since October last year a Seattle substitute has scored and boy did they need that goal.
Beforehand, Brian Schmetzer’s side had lost eight of 11 MLS matches, leaving them ninth in the west, six points below rival Portland who occupy the final play-off position.
With just five games to go, the Sounders can’t afford many more slip ups if they’re to maintain their record of having qualified for the play-offs every single year.
Meanwhile, in just their second-ever season, Austin FC are almost mathematically guaranteed to feature in the post-season for the first time ever.
When the Verde and Black beat LAFC 15 nights ago, there was talk that they could kick on and claim the Supporters’ Shield.
However, since then, Josh Wolff’s team have lost back-to-back games, 2-1 at home to Portland and then 3-0 in Nashville.
The latter was the first time Austin had failed to score in a match since 8 May.
The Texans remain clear in second in the west, but will be desperate to avoid three straight defeats for the first time in almost exactly a year.
Can Austin stun Lumen Field?