And if there is controversy about that first claim – the Sounders are third in the Western Conference by points, and second in the league behind D.C. United by points per game – it’s hard to argue about the second.
The Sounders quality and wow factor were both on display Sunday on the glamourous stage of Yankee Stadium, where they knocked off expansion New York City FC, 3-1. All Seattle goals came from their designated-player forward tandem of Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey. Dempsey scored one goal and assisted one. Martins scored two, assisted one and was honored Tuesday at MLS player of the week.
“It was fantastic,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “… The fans in Seattle are very fortunate. They’re watching two very special players.”
Below, the TNT's MLS power rankings heading into May:
EASTERN CONFERENCE1. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTIONStumbled out of gate, but unbeaten since March 15.2. DC UNITEDAtop MLS in points per game; dead last in attendance.3. NEW YORK RED BULLSFinally suffered first lost, but little margin for error at top of the East.4. COLUMBUS CREWSounders coach Sigi Schmid says these guys have a system and stick to it.5. TORONTO FCBack-to-back wins raise possibility of turnaround after four straight losses.6. CHICAGO FIREEleven shots, three on target, but none in vs. SKC.7. ORLANDO CITY SCMidfielder Kevin Molino lost for season with ACL tear.8. NEW YORK CITY FCReturn of David Villa has to help, but probably not enough.9. MONTREAL IMPACTMLS an afterthought to CCL last week and Canadian Championship semis this week.10 PHILADELPHIA UNIONMinus-eight goal differential worst in the league.
WESTERN CONFERENCE1. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FCMartins and Dempsey, plus the lowest goals-against average in MLS.2. FC DALLASTop goal-scoring team in the league.3. VANCOUVER WHITECAPSWhitecaps lead the league in shots and shots on target.4. LOS ANGELES GALAXYTake away that crest, and this is a very ordinary looking club so far.5. SPORTING KANSAS CITYTreading water at 1-1-2 over their last four.6. REAL SALT LAKERare feat of more goals (one) than shots on goal (zero) in draw with San Jose.7. PORTLAND TIMBERSHello, Diego Valeri, goodbye excuses? One can hope.8. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKESIncreasingly in need of a long outdoor bar since 2-1 start.9. HOUSTON DYNAMONot keeping up with those streaking Astros down the block.10 COLORADO RAPIDSLead MLS in one statistical category: offside.