Without Nicolas Lodeiro, away on international duty with Uruguay, and Raul
Ruidiaz, who played for Peru against the USA on Tuesday, Handwalla Bwana made his first start since May and scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 13th minute, 10 minutes after
Victor Rodriguez put the Sounders ahead.
Brian Schmetzer, a Seattle assistant coach from the Sounders' first season in MLS until 2016 when he replaced Sigi Schmid as head coach, is one of few members of the Seattle organization who have been around for all 10 seasons.
"That’s a hefty achievement," he said of the playoff streak, "something we’re all obviously very proud of. I think Ozzie [Alonso], [director of goalkeeping] Tom [Dutra], myself might be the final holdouts, you never know, well [owner] Adrian [Hanauer], I guess you could say that. It was good."
What makes this season's playoff run so impressive is that the Sounders were 3-9-3 at the end of June, 11 points adrift of sixth place in the Western Conference. Since then, they are 13-2-2.
Trivia. Only three other MLS teams have active playoffs streaks of more than two years: New York Red Bulls (9), Sporting Kansas City (8) and NYCFC (3).