The Seattle Sounders have a great opportunity to secure the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference if they take care of business the next two games.
FC Dallas will miss the postseason for the first time since 2009 unless it receives some help.
Forward Eddie Johnson is expect to be in the lineup Sunday night when Seattle finishes its home schedule against a Dallas club that could be out of the playoff mix before the match ends.
With Michael Gspurning making several key saves, the short-handed Sounders (14-7-11) hung on for a scoreless draw Wednesday versus Real Salt Lake. Seattle remained three points back of RSL for the second spot, but coach Sigi Schmid's club has one game in hand as well as a slight edge in the first tiebreaker with two more goals scored.
Schmid won't be on the Sounders' touchline until the season finale Oct. 28 at Los Angeles after the league fined and suspended him one match for criticizing referee Ricardo Salazar on Wednesday.
Seattle played the ...