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MLS Looms Over Seattle's Season

As the Seattle Sounders shape up to play their final regular season game in the United Soccer Leagues this weekend, its players have one eye on the move to Major League Soccer in 2009, reports Matt Massey. And they can't help but notice that so far only two of their players -- Sebastien Le Toux and Sanna Nyassi -- have been signed up to play next year.
 
"Just like last year, when nobody knew if there was going to be a USL team, we're trying to make this year the best it can be," said seven-year Sounders' veteran Zach Scott. "If we're not all going to make it to MLS together, then we're just trying to make this as successful as it possibly can be. There's still a lot of season left. Everyone's looking forward to extending the season by making a run in the playoffs."
 
But Scott conceded that "everybody kind of has [MLS] in their head. MLS has been hanging over everybody's head all season, but the closer we get to the end, the more it's been about team." He added that all the players were "optimistic about playing next year and making the Sounders FC team. They're geared up. I don't think anybody's ready to quit. Even the older guys have a lot left in their tanks. All of these guys can play somewhere in USL. If this isn't an opportunity to reach MLS, then it's a road in a different direction."

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