In any case, while there are only three games from now through the weekend, two of them should draw the attention of Sounders fans, starting tonight when Real Salt Lake -- which is six points behind Seattle in the playoff chase -- visits Vancouver.
A preview of the week's action from MLS:
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Real Salt Lake, 6:30 p.m.· The contest is a makeup game for a match originally scheduled for July 16, which was postponed due to heavy rain and flooded pitch. That game was scheduled for Empire Field.
· Whitecaps FC weren’t able to enjoy the same magic when they opened BC Place in front of a sellout crowd of 21,000 on Sunday afternoon, losing 1-0 to Cascadia Cup rivals Portland Timbers, their fourth consecutive defeat.
· Real Salt Lake have lost three games in a row in league play for the first time since July 2007, when they lost to Toronto FC, Columbus and Kansas City in a row.
· Javier Morales made his first start since suffering a fractured ankle on May 7 and recorded the assist on Fabian Espindola’s goal vs. LA, playing the full 90 minutes.
SATURDAYNew England Revolution vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 4:30 p.m.· The Earthquakes have played to three consecutive 1-1 draws. With a loss or a draw, they will be eliminated from the MLS Cup Playoffs race. The Revolution were eliminated with their loss to Seattle.
· The 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner, San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski has scored four goals in the last six games to give him 12 for the season, now in a three-way tie for third place in this year’s goal-scoring race.
· Making his first professional start, 16-year-old Revolution Home Grown Player Diego Fagundez scored his second goal, heading home a corner kick in the 2-1 loss to Seattle. He became the youngest player in Revolution club history to start a game.
· In the first meeting this season, late goals from Bobby Convey and Ellis McLoughlin gave the Earthquakes a 2-1 victory, May 21 at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Philadelphia Union, 7 p.m.· Sounders FC are now riding a three-game winning streak for the second time this season, and have recorded 11 of their 16 league wins this season since mid-June, after the win in New England.
· Fredy Montero has scored two goals in back-to-back games and has five goals and three assists in the last six league games. He has moved into a tie for sixth place in the MLS Golden Boot standings.
· Freddy Adu was credited with his first assist in his return to MLS, setting up Justin Mapp’s first goal since scoring twice May 28, in Union’s 1-1 draw with Chivas USA on Sunday.
· In the first meeting this season, Alvaro Fernandez scored well into second-half stoppage time to counter a first-half Carlos Ruiz goal as the teams ended in a 1-1 draw, April 16 at PPL Park.
The Sounders return to training today at Starfire. I'll be back with updates after that.