Houston wins 2-1. Seattle ends the regular season 14-10-6. Now they'll settle back and watch the scoreboards to see if those 48 points gets them sixth, seventh or eighth seeding in the playoffs.
These are the scoreboards they'll be watching:
San Jose at Kansas City, 5:30 p.m.
RSL at Colorado, 6 p.m.
Meanwhile, here are the stats from Houston:
Scoring Summary: SEA - James Riley 1 (Nate Jaqua 3) 12'HOU - Geoff Cameron 3 (Dominic Oduro 4, Brad Davis 11) 27'HOU - Cam Weaver 3 (Mike Chabala 4, Brad Davis 12) 46'
Houston Dynamo - Tyler Deric, Andrew Hainault, Bobby Boswell, Eddie Robinson (Adrian Serioux 67), Mike Chabala, Corey Ashe, Lovel Palmer, Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis (Danny Cruz 82), Cam Weaver (Brian Ching 73), Dominic Oduro.Substitutes Not Used:Pat Onstad, Ryan Cochrane, Richard Mulrooney, Joseph Ngwenya.
TOTAL SHOTS: 11; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 13; OFFSIDES: 6; CORNER KICKS: 9; SAVES: 5.
Seattle Sounders FC - Kasey Keller, James Riley, Patrick Ianni, Jeff Parke (Tyrone Marshall 45), Leo Gonzalez (Tyson Wahl 71), Sanna Nyassi, Osvaldo Alonso, Nathan Sturgis (Alvaro Fernandez 64), Steve Zakuani, Blaise Nkufo, Nate Jaqua.
Substitutes Not Used: Alex Horwath, Roger Levesque, Michael Seamon, Mike Fucito.
TOTAL SHOTS: 8; SHOTS ON GOAL: 6; FOULS: 9; OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 2.
Misconduct Summary:SEA - Jeff Parke (caution; Reckless Tackle) 29HOU - Cam Weaver (caution; Persistent Infringement) 33SEA - Steve Zakuani (caution; Simulation) 35SEA - Leo Gonzalez (caution; Persistent Infringement) 41
Referee: Kevin StottReferee's Assistants: -Fabio Tovar; Adam Garner4th Official: Ramon HernandezAttendance: 23,990Time of Game: 1:53Weather: Cloudy and 83 degrees
73rd minute: For Houston, goal-scorer Weaver out and former Zag star Ching in.
71st minute: Gonzalez out, Wahl in.
64th minute: Sturgis out, Fernandez in.
47th minute: And just like that, Houston movies ahead, taking the ball down the far side, and Weaver finishing a cross in front of the net. Houston 2, Seattle 1.
Second half: ... has begun ... lots at stake.
One switch: Parke out, Marshall in.
Halftime: Even at 1-1. Both goals were brilliant goal-of-the-week candidates. And both teams have legit complaints with the ref. Jeff Parke seemed to get away with a handball in the box. But worst, Steve Zakuani was carded for a dive, when he clearly seemed to be clipped by the Houston keeper.
27th minute:Hopuston draws even after a series of nice passes finds Cameron alone at the top of the area, and he runs on, finishing with a confident shot to the far post that split Keller and the charging Patrick Ianni. 1-1.
11th minute: Sounders jump ahead 1-0, as James Riley runs on at the top of the area and sizzles one into the top-right corner.
Kickoff: The final game of the regular season has begun. Sounders in blue/green; Houston in orange/white.
Lineup: As coach Sigi Schmid had hinted during the week, former Dynamo Nate Jaqua will start up front for the Sounders today in place of Fredy Montero, who is serving a yellow-card suspension. Otherwise, a familiar starting lineup: GK Keller; D Gonzalez, Ianni, Parke, Riley; M Zakuani, Alonso, Sturgis, Nyassi; F Jaqua, Nkufo.
Pregame: Sounders kick off at Houston at 1 p.m. on Channel 5. Implications explained in post below.
I didn't travel to this one, but I'll have this post open for pregame, in-game and postgame notes and updates and your comments.
(And we'll be at all remaining Sounders games -- home and road -- through the playoffs.)