Like the Sounders, I had a bye over the weekend as my wife and I moved to the Bothell/Mill Creek area (so I appreciate your patience for a slow couple days of coverage).
MLS action continued in our absence, of course, and here is a look at the standings after an exciting round of games that saw Real Salt Lake, Vancouver, Colorado and San Jose pick up big wins, mainly against Eastern Conference competition. Be sure to check out the highlights from the Earthquakes-Galaxy game, though, if you haven’t already. It was a classic.
Back to the table, you’ll notice that Seattle doesn’t have to look far to see Chivas USA in last place, but also note that the Sounders have played at least two fewer games than everyone in the West — four fewer games than some. A 1.5 points-per-game average is still good enough to be in a playoff position even if tied for second-to-last on total points.
Either way, July will be a big month. And as I’ve noted earlier on the blog, the schedule appears to be favorable (though maybe less so after these teams went 3-1-1 this past weekend):
July 3 — vs. D.C. United (2-12-3)
July 6 — at Vancouver (7-5-4)
July 13 — at San Jose (5-7-6)
July 20 — vs. Colorado (6-7-5)
July 28 — vs. Chivas USA (3-10-3)
Here is what coach Sigi Schmid told reporters Saturday: “July has got to be our month, and I think sometimes it’s easier when you have games coming bang, bang, bang, bang. When (you have) only three games in a month, sometimes it’s tough to get your rhythm and to keep your rhythm going. Having games come in succession I think is not a bad thing. Players would rather play games than train, and it’s good because it just keeps them in a rhythm.”
Do you think this will be a big July? How many points do you expect out of these five games?