Seattle Sounders’ fate will now surely be sealed.
On Tuesday night, the Rave Green could only draw 1-1 with FC Cincinnati at Lumen Field.
Fredy Montero equalising early in the second half, but then Kelyn Rowe’s red card shortly after extinguished hopes of a victory.
Having lost to Cascadia Cup rivals Vancouver in their game before that, Brian Schmetzer’s team have only won two of their last nine.
This means Seattle remain ninth in the west and, by the time this kicks off, their post-season hopes could be over.
2022 will always be the year the Sounders became the first MLS team ever to win CONCACAF Champions League.
But, it’ll also be the year they missed the play-offs for the very first time and, even if Seattle win their final two games, they’ll post their lowest points tally of all time.
The Western Conference’s other big underperformers this year are Sporting Kansas City.
It’s been clear for some time now that SKC will not make the play-offs, but Peter Vermes’ side are in terrific form, even if it’s all too little too late.
The Wizards hammered Minnesota United 4-1 a fortnight ago; William Agada bagging a brace.
This means they’re unbeaten in six, accumulating 38% of their total points in these six games.
Also, SKC have scored 21 times in their last eight outings, despite netting just 19 in their first 24 fixtures of the season.
So, despite the fact that Seattle need the points, a home win seems likely at Children’s Mercy Park.