Three teams remain in the playoff hunt. Our Sounders, the Colorado Rush, and the Pali Blues.
Pali has the hardest road; with one game remaining, they must win and hope that both the Sounders & Rush lose out.
The Rush have the easiest route with three games remaining; win and they are in. Even three consecutive draws eliminates Pali and Seattle.
Seattle is also in a must-win situation. A tough road-win against the table-topping Whitecaps gives us hope, but does not guarantee a spot in the Western Conference Championship. The winner of that Championship moves on to the W-League Final Four in Santa Clarita at the end of the month.
With a win in Victoria Saturday, everything hinges on what the Colorado Rush do this week:
Tonight, the Rush travel to the Colorado Force. A Force win gives us a lot of hope as later in the week the Rush travel to Santa Clarita and finish up with a Saturday night matchup at Pali, two of the weaker sides in the W-League who also have the ability to shock the world when need be.
Mid-week road wins are hard to come by in the W-League, especially with work-conflicts and family issues preventing players from travelling. This will be a very interesting week indeed. It is strange finding a Sounder rooting for the Colorado Force, Pali Blues, and Santa Clarita Blue Heat all in one week.