The Seattle Sounders had been on a roll going into Saturday's regular season finale against the Houston Dynamo, and while losing a never a good thing, it just might help the Sounders find a smoother pass to the MLS Cup Final.
The Houston Dynamo rode goals from Geoff Cameron and Cam Weaver to post a 2-1 victory against the Sounders at Robertson Stadium on Saturday.
The loss snapped a five-match winning streak for the Sounders, who played without Colombian striker Fredy Montero. The loss also leaves Seattle in position to be passed in the standings by both San Jose and Colorado. If the Earthquakes and Rapids both win their regular season finales, the Sounders would face the New York Red Bulls in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. If the Earthquakes and Rapids fail to win, the Sounders would remain the No. 4 seed and face either Los Angeles or Real Salt Lake in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
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