As included in Sounders FC’s weekly notes, this year’s team — despite its long winless streak — actually had its best ever points-per-game average for the first half of a season (1.53, 7-5-5).
Here are the marks in previous seasons:
2011 — 1.47 (6-4-7); 2010 — 1.00 (4-8-3), 2009 — 1.47 (5-3-7)
In the end, three of those seasons are pretty close, and expectations this year were to be among the Supporters’ Shield contenders. To get to that level, the Sounders will have to show significant improvement as the current league leader, San Jose, is averaging 2.12 points per game.
The Sounders can take comfort in a trend of improvement in the second half of seasons, where the team boasts at 29-9-9 record compared to the 22-20-22 mark in first halves.
Here’s a look at season-by-season comparisons:
Year First Second
2009 5-3-7 7-4-4
2010 4-8-3 10-2-3
2011 6-4-7 12-3-2
2012 7-5-5 ???
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Are you confident the Sounders will make a push in the second half of the season?