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August 5, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Sounders gain points, if not ground, in the Western Conference standings

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A month ago, Sounders FC was in seventh place in the Western Conference following a road loss in Vancouver.

Seattle stayed in seventh after a loss the following week at San Jose, then still after a tie against Colorado, and then again after a comeback win against Chivas USA.

And now, after a big win against FC Dallas, the Sounders are in — you guessed it — seventh place.

That, of course, is based entirely on points, which as we’ve discussed before, isn’t the best measure for the team’s season. Seattle has played fewer games than everyone else in the conference, so points-per-game is probably a better indicator. In PPG, the Sounders are in third place, which would put them in a playoff position, and it’s hard to believe the pace will drop after signing Clint Dempsey.

On another note, Seattle has never had nine wins through its first 20 MLS games. Here is a comparative look at this point in seasons past:

2011: 8-4-8 (32 pts.)
2013: 9-7-4 (31 pts.)
2012: 8-5-7 (31 pts.)
2009: 7-5-8 (29 pts.)
2010: 8-8-4 (28 pts.)

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Any thoughts on the team’s position going into the week?

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