A bit more than two months ago the Seattle Sounders had high expectations for 2016. Even after losing Obafemi Martins the Sounder at Heart staff fully expected the club to have at least one home game in the MLS Cup Playoffs. But, things have changed. Fans were nearly as excited.
A 4-6-1 record with ninth place in the Western Conference leads to a reassessment of that confidence. Sigi Schmid still thinks fans believe the team will make the playoffs.
It is not just a question of confidence in the organization, but an understanding of the Western Conference. Seven of the top eight teams in the Supporters' Shield race are in the West. Seattle is only 15th and only 14th by Sagarin.
With essentially a third of the season over is this tepid start enough to cancel your preseason expectations? Do games in hand and the likely addition of two new players to the starting XI by August 3rd give you any hope?
Whereas 2015 had a hot start, dire middle and hot end 2016 started mediocre while the rest of the conference is on fire, well, except for Houston, who fired their coach.