Sigi Schmid believes the path to the MLS playoffs comes down to averaging 1.5 points per game. That gets you 45 points over the course of a 30 game MLS season, and that probably gets you in with maybe even a little breathing room. It certainly would have last season, when the playoff cutoff came at 40 points. And it probably will again this season when the top half of the league -- eight out of 16 teams -- will advance.
After three games -- 10 percent of the MLS season -- the Sounders have four points. That's not a pace that would get them into the playoffs. And while it's early, that adds some importance to today's noon game against Kansas City. With a win, the Sounders are back on pace. With anything less, that's still going to be the feeling -- the mathematical reality -- that things are going to have to improve ... especially when you consider that one-fifth of their home games will have been played.
Granted, too early to read much either way. But Schmid implied as much after training Friday:
“I think when you’re looking at the playoff cut-off last year, I think was 40 points," he said. "I still think if you average a point and a half a game you are doing pretty well. If you’re averaging two points a game you are on a good run. You want to make sure your bad runs are a point a game. For us right now we have got four points in three games. That’s not a great run. Obviously if you get a win this weekend, which we want, now you’ve got seven points in four games and you’re just under two and then it all of a sudden becomes a good run. Always that point and a half a game I think is important.”