Here is another look at the Western Conference following the weekend’s games.
So what has changed after Sounders FC’s 3-1 road loss to the Houston Dynamo? Well, Seattle is still in sixth place in the overall standings and still among the leaders in points-per-game.
A closer look shows it was a bit more damaging than that.
Before the loss, the Sounders were third overall in MLS in PPG and within one-hundredth of a point from second. Now Seattle is seventh overall, more toward the middle of the pack than the leaders. Room for error has shrunk and isn’t there isn’t going to be a heck of a lot as we head into the final two months of the regular season.
Consider also that World Cup qualifiers Sept. 6, Sept. 10, Oct. 11 and Oct. 15 will likely take Clint Dempsey, Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans away from the team for at least four of the remaining 12 games — maybe more.
On the positive side, after back-to-back road games, the schedule does start to turn in Seattle’s favor. Four of the next five are at home:
Sunday — vs. Portland
Aug. 31 — at Columbus
Sept. 4 — vs. Chivas USA
Sept. 7 — vs. Chicago
Sept. 13 — vs. Real Salt Lake
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What do you make of the state of the team?