However, as I mention in the story, the Sounders don't have much time to celebrate. They're off today. (Although I'm sure they'll keep an interested eye on Chivas' match at Columbus.) But they return to practice on Monday, and then they return to Qwest Field on Wednesday night for a game against Eastern leader and longtime MLS power D.C. United.
I asked Sigi Schmid last night about the quick turnaround.
"Well, obviously we got some guys that didn't play today," he said. "I mean, [Jhon] Kennedy [Hurtado] didn't play today, [Osvaldo] Alonso played limited minutes for us today as well. Nate Jaqua didn't play today. Sanna [Nyassi] didn't play today. There's certain guys that are fitter and recover a little bit better than others. So we'll make those decisions, and we'll make those adjustments on Monday. We're going into the game with the same amount of rest as DC. They had a pretty active game today as well, and they've got to fly across the country. Hopefully that'll behoove us. But once you're in a rhythm, I mean, players would rather play games than practice. If you look at a regular week, Wednesday's a hard training day, so I think they'd rather play a game than have a hard training day."
Here's a look at D.C. United's win over Chicago yesterday, which shot them to the top of the MLS Eastern Conference.