That's the verdict of ESPNsoccernet columnist Ives Galarcep, who files this report on the MLS playoff race.
Here's what he has to say about the Sounders:
SEATTLE SOUNDERS (9-7-11, 38 pts)
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Games Remaining (3): at Columbus, at Kansas City, vs. FC Dallas
Outlook: The Sounders continue to play quality attacking soccer, but poor finishing and defensive breakdowns have a seeming playoff lock still fighting for the postseason. Seattle is currently enduring a 1-2-3 slump and in an ironic twist, the Sounders must try to gain at least a point from their upcoming visit to Columbus, where head coach Sigi Schmid faces his former club.
Odds of reaching the playoffs: 8-1
Meanwhile. making the playoffs is no longer a concern for this week's opponent. The defending champion Columbus Crew has become the first MLS team this season to clinch its playoff spot.