A draw against Houston would ensure that Seattle controls its own destiny versus Salt Lake in the regular-season finale, no matter how Sunday's visit to first-place Dallas goes.

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By roughly 9:30 tomorrow night, the Sounders could find themselves in fourth place in the Western Conference standings, having locked up a playoff berth and in line to host a knockout-round game.

Next Sunday’s home match against Salt Lake, which one loomed as a must-win for Seattle’s very survival, could now be significant more in what it could mean for seeding. All the Sounders need is a draw against Houston to ensure that they’ll control their own destiny versus RSL, no matter how Sunday’s visit to first-place Dallas goes.

But asked Tuesday morning on whether he has to keep those scenarios in the back of his mind, interim Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer insisted that his team’s focus was limited to the upcoming 90 minutes against the Dynamo.

“Our main focus, when we came in, has been to win every game that we’re playing,” Schmetzer said in the video above. “The focus has been this game as the most important. The results, and the standing, and where we play and who we play, if we get in, those things will just be there. Yes, as a human being, I look. It’s the coaching staff’s job to think about some of those things. But the preparation and our entire focus is on every single game.

“If we perform well, all of those things will take care of themselves. We’re not looking ahead, not even for one second.”