A few teams in the Western Conference reached their midway point in the MLS regular season (34 games) over the weekend.
Sounders FC, which suffered a disappointing 2-0 road loss, still has a couple games in hand but will need to make them count in the final four months.
Many of Seattle’s issues all season have involved personnel, with a rash of injuries early in the year and, more recently, international call-ups. Though the team, outside of Steve Zakuani‘s sports hernia surgery, is looking to be pretty healthy for the next game, July 3 at home against D.C. United. National team involvement also isn’t expected to be a factor until perhaps the later rounds of the CONCACAF Gold Cup (Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson are on the U.S. preliminary roster, but indications are they won’t be used in the group stage).
The Sounders have another bye this weekend, but the schedule for July certainly looks favorable for collecting points. Here is what Seattle has up next:
July 3 — vs. D.C. United (2-11-3)
July 6 — at Vancouver (6-5-4)
July 13 — at San Jose (4-7-6)
July 20 — vs. Colorado (5-7-5)
July 28 — vs. Chivas USA (3-10-2)
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What do you think? Optimistic the Sounders will bounce back in July?