Perhaps the most unlikely comeback story in Major League Soccer (MLS) history continued on Sunday's Decision Day.
After failing to rise higher than eighth place in the Western Conference prior to Sept. 17, the Sounders are now preparing to host a playoff game.
"It feels good to silence those who left this, what they would have called, sinking ship," Brad Evans said.
Seattle's 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake vaulted the club to fourth place in the West with 48 points, one ahead of Sporting Kansas City, who beat San Jose 2-0 on Sunday.
The Sounders will now host Kansas City in a knockout round playoff match this Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
"We are just gelling at the right time...and we're confident, especially playing at home, that we are going to get that win and keep moving forward," rookie forward Jordan Morris said.
In the last calendar month, Seattle is 4-1-1, matching their point total (13) from the first 12 matches of the regular season.
On August 8, the Sounders began a 8-3-2 season-ending run in Orlando City with 3-1 victory where Clint Dempsey recorded a hat trick.
"Going on the road in a tough environment like that and getting the result was big," Morris said of the win in Orlando. "I see that as the turn-around, we were playing with confidence after that."
Interim Head Coach Brian Schmetzer could not pinpoint one specific game from the second half turn-around, but noted that he will remember "the spirit of this team."
Sunday's match, meanwhile, featured two goals from Alvaro Fernandez, a mid-season acquisition, and Cristian Roldan.
Roldan! It's 2-0 Seattle! pic.twitter.com/YWVq711cDw— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) October 23, 2016
Roldan's goal, the fourth in his second professional season, came at the perfect time for the former University of Washington standout.
"The kid has blossomed," Schmetzer said. "He does everything. That wasn’t his normal position tonight and he showed that he can still make an impact...that kid has a really, really bright future."
Roldan will look to make his 19th consecutive start in Seattle's midfield when Kansas City comes to town later this week.
"We have to be ready for anything that [Kansas City] brings," Roldan said. "At this point it's do or die and we have to score and defend like animals."
Watch Schmetzer's post-match press conference plus hear from Roldan, Evans and Morris below.