No trophy for 1st in September

It seems obvious to say, but the current 1.77 PPM to lead all of MLS is both great and not enough. The season will be defined in the next few weeks.

Seattle Sounders FC is poised for a stretch run that can define the season and earn a trophy prior to the MLS Cup Playoffs, but this is not the time to slow down. There are multiple teams challenging Seattle for the Supporters' Shield and there are issues within the team that if corrected make greatness much more likely.

# Club PTS GP PPG W L T GF GA GD HG HGD RG RGD
1 Real Salt Lake 48 28 1.71 14 8 6 52 35 17 27 15 25 2
2 Seattle Sounders FC 46 26 1.77 14 8 4 35 27 8 24 15 11 -7
3 Montreal Impact 45 26 1.73 13 7 6 45 37 8 28 15 17 -7
4 New York Red Bulls 45 28 1.61 13 9 6 44 36 8 24 12 20 -4
5 Sporting Kansas City 45 28 1.61 13 9 6 41 27 14 28 14 13 0

That road differential is much worse than the road record. While results are important, Seattle has some key road matches coming up in September and October

  • Galaxy on 21 Sept - a place where Seattle need only remember a 4-0 loss
  • Rapids on 5 Oct - mile high and challenging for a playoff spot as well
  • Timbers on 13 Oct - a game that could be Cascadia Cup clinching
  • Dallas on 19 Oct - another team that will need points for the Playoffs
Six points or more in those road matches against Conference rivals is a reasonable goal, more than that and notice will be served. It will also help Seattle in Playoff prep. This season they are decent, but not great against Sagarin top 5 & 10 opposition.

                                RATING    W   L   T  SCHEDL(RANK) VS top  5 | VS top 10 | ELO_SCORE    | PREDICTOR  
                HOME ADVANTAGE=[  0.53]                                                   [  0.49]       [  0.59]
   1  Real Salt Lake          =   2.67   14   8   6    2.04(   7)   4  3  3 |   6  7  3 |    2.63    1 |    2.72    1
   2  Colorado Rapids         =   2.46   11   8   9    2.07(   6)   3  3  4 |   6  5  5 |    2.46    3 |    2.46    3
   3  Portland Timbers        =   2.44   10   5  12    2.08(   4)   2  2  4 |   5  3  7 |    2.40    4 |    2.48    2
   4  Los Angeles Galaxy      =   2.41   13  10   4    2.11(   2)   4  4  1 |   6  7  2 |    2.39    5 |    2.42    4
   5  Seattle Sounders FC     =   2.40   14   8   4    1.99(  10)   2  3  2 |   5  4  3 |    2.47    2 |    2.35    5


The schedule is not easy. It is defining. Going into this stretch run with this opportunity will show exactly how good this team is.
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