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July 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM

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

The Sounders have reached the midway point of their regular season at 7-7-3.

Their points-per-game average (1.41) is second worst in team history at the break. Their point total (24) through 17 games is almost second-worst in team history. Only the 2010 season was worse in both, and year included an incredible second-half turnaround.

Coach Sigi Schmid was asked after Saturday’s 1-0 road loss how he feels at the midway point of the season.

“We’re not happy,” he said, “but it’s because we’ve had injuries and we’ve had to change things around. Today we had a game plan going into the game and that game plan was ruined four minutes into the game when (Brad) Evans gets hurt. So then we have to change everything around again, and obviously now we have to change everything again the next game.”

It’s not uncommon for teams with a slow first half of the season to win MLS Cup. Look at the record of the last four champions at their midway points:

2012 — Los Angeles Galaxy, 6-9-2
2011 — Los Angeles Galaxy, 8-2-7
2010 — Colorado Rapids, 6-4-5
2009 — Real Salt Lake, 5-6-4

What do you think?

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