Seattle Sounders may have been crowned CONCACAF Champions League winners in 2022, but look set to miss the play-offs for the first time ever.
On Wednesday, Brian Schmetzer’s team were beaten again, this time 3-2 at Orlando City.
The Rave Green led 2-0 in Florida, Albert Rusnák and Raúl Ruidíaz scoring, but left with nothing following a stoppage time goal that completed Orlando’s comeback.
This is the second time this season Seattle have lost when leading by 2+ goals in MLS this season, despite the fact this had never happened in 128 matches beforehand.
Overall, the Sounders have amassed just one point from their last five, losing nine of their last 13.
As a result, they sit tenth in the west, six points below rivals Portland Timbers who occupy the final play-off spot.
If Seattle have any chance of gatecrashing the play-offs, this is simply must win.
Houston Dynamo meanwhile ended their own winless streak on Wednesday by beating league-leaders LAFC.
Sebastián Ferreira and Griffin Dorsey on target in a shock victory for el Naranja at PNC Stadium.
Before this, Paulo Nagamura’s team had taken just one point from six matches, but are now off the bottom of the west.
Nevertheless, Seattle will still feel they simply cannot afford not to claim all three points at Lumen Field.