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July 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

What grade do you give the Sounders for the first half of the MLS season?

The Sounders played their 17th MLS game of the season Saturday in New England, marking the midway point of a 34-game league campaign.

And what a wild run it has been so far.

Seattle’s first nine games could hardly have gone any better in a franchise-best 7-1-1 start. The last eight have gone about as poorly as anyone could have imagined, as a 0-4-4 winless streak — a team worst in three-and-a-half years — has taken the Sounders off their record pace.

With 26 points, Seattle sits is tied for third in the Western Conference, well behind leaders San Jose (36) and Real Salt Lake (32). Rival Vancouver is also on 26 points, but has played one less game than the Sounders.

All things considered, what do you make of what you’ve seen so far?

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What grade do you give the Sounders for the first half of the MLS season?

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