Sounders FC will finish with the second-best record in MLS regarless of the result of its game tomorrow at Chivas USA, while Chivas already has been eliminated from the playoff race.
Still, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said the game has meaning for both sides.
For his team:The message is the same: We want to play good soccer, we want to stay in our rhythm. We want to be smart. We don’t want to push anybody out on the field or overextend somebody’s minutes or put them into a situation where they aggravate an injury or create an injury. But on the same token, we want to stay in out rhythm. We don’t have another game for a week, and we don’t want guys going two weeks without a game.
For Chivas USAGuys are fighting for spots. They know that when you don’t advance into the playoffs there’s going to be a housecleaning, so you want to make sure you’re not the guy that gets swept out with the dirt. So you’re going to try to play well, you’re going to try to perform well, you want to leave a last impression on the coach. It’s your last regular-season game, so you want to make that impression be a positive one so when they sit down and talk about who they’re protecting and who they’re moving and who they’re changing, that you’re not one of those guys.