Below are the MLS standings/point totals through Saturday. A quick look shows just how important Michael Fucito's late goal -- and Kasey Keller's later save -- were to the Sounders in the early standings.
With the full three points, the Sounders are tied for second place in the West. A draw would have them much more in the middle of the pack ... a dangerous place in a season where only the top half of the league advances to the playoffs.
However -- much as Peter Vagenas said in the post below -- coach Sigi Schmid was more interested in how his team is playing than there mere early math of the standings.
"Three points is very importan" Schmid said. "What I thought was even more important for me as a coach, I thought that our performance is still not where I want it to be, but it was definitely better than it was in Salt Lake. Our ability to keep possession -- it's tough to create movement and create that interchange and that combination if you're giving the ball away all the time. So now as we've started to hold the ball a little bit better, hopefully that will put the other things into perspective for us."
Eastern Conference1 New York Red Bulls 9 2 Kansas City Wizards 6 3 New England Revolution 6 4 Columbus Crew 4 5 Chicago Fire 4 6 Philadelphia Union 3 7 Toronto FC 3 8 D.C. United 0
Western Conference1 Los Angeles Galaxy 12 2 Houston Dynamo 7 3 Seattle Sounders FC 7 4 San Jose Earthquakes 6 5 Real Salt Lake 4 6 Colorado Rapids 4 7 Chivas USA 38 FC Dallas 2
These standings also show that the Sounders coming road trip -- Dallas on Thursday and Toronto next Sunday -- send them against teams off to slow starts. Some hay is there to be made.