Two matches of particular interest will play out today in advance of the Sounders' regular-season-ender at 6 p.m. against Los Angeles.
At 2 p.m., the Supporters Shield will be on the line as New York hosts the Chicago Fire. A win by the Red Bulls secures them their first major trophy.
At 5 p.m., the Colorado Rapids visit Vancouver. A win by the Rapids would at least temporarily send them past the Sounders and Galaxy in the MLS standings, and even a draw would move them ahead of Seattle. In any case, the result will matter to the third-fourth-and-fifth-place finishers in the conference. And that Rapids game should be ending about the time the Sounders take their halftime break tonight.
"I think (playing all final games simultaneously) is something our league would like to get to," coach Sigi Schmid said. "It’s something we’re moving towards. It would be nice to have everybody playing at the same time in the last game so things are not as see-through as they are with us. But when you have an odd number of teams you even have like Salt Lake even finished their season already on Wednesday. But that’s just the nature of having an odd number of teams. It is what it is. We have to live with it. Us having the last game is good in a certain sense, that we have an idea of what’s before us and where we end up based on what we do in the game. But it also means that if we have to play the fourth- or fifth-place game, that we have less time."