Their 12 points through nine games (3-3-3) puts them in eighth place in a league where the top eight get into the playoffs. (Technically it's the top two in each conference plus the next four, but that should mean the top eight even in this West-tilting season.)
Also, the Sounders are just a point south of what is now a four-way tie for second in the Western Conference.
Meanwhile, several interesting results play out last night across the league:
League-leading LA got only a point out of its home match with Toronto. That game also marked the last for Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle, who leave now for World Cup duties with the U.S. national team. If the rest of the West is going to close the gap on the Galaxy, now is the time.
The Rapids stayed ahead of the Sounders with its first win in 11 years at staggering D.C.
The Columbus Crew stayed unbeaten, and moved to within a point of New York for the Eastern lead, with a 1-0 win over Chivas USA (which slipped behind Seattle). The result came from a Schelotto PK in the 90th minute.
Dallas also slipped behind Seattle, getting a single point at Philadelphia. Sebastien Le Toux was back in the starting lineup for Philly. And -- encouragingly -- a crowd of 25,038 took in what was the Union's second home game of the season ... still at Lincoln Financial Stadium while awaiting their soccer-specific stadium in Chester, which is scheduled to open June 27 ... when the Sounders visit.
Finally, San Jose, which visits Seattle on Saturday, extended its unbeaten streak and its no-goals-allowed streak to three games with a scoreless draw at New England. Former Sounder keeper Preston Burpo got the shutout for the Revs.