Sounders' 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake was their fourth straight, seventh in their last eight matches, and moved their record to 14-8-4. That moved them past the Los Angeles Galaxy and into second place in the MLS Western Conference, two points behind league-leading Real Salt Lake -- who just happens to be their next opponent Friday at CenturyLink Field, which will be open to full capacity.
Here's some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say about looking forward to that match:
“Certainly next Friday, for our fans, is going to be an absolutely massive game,” Schmid said. “When you look at it right now, it’s a game for first place. ... Hopefully, we can do what we did against Portland and sell this place out again and fill it up, because it’s a game you don’t want to miss.”On USMNT players returning: On playing Salt Lake at home…)