Sounders Insider

Playoffs? League gains as Sounders draw

I realize it's still early in the season. However, ever since the Sounders' 3-0 start the tendency has been to look ahead and wonder about the Western title or Supporters Shield or MLS Cup.

Yet, now we check the rear-view mirror and notice that objects are be closer than they appear.

The Sounders steady stream of draws has brought a 4-2-5 record and 17 points ... which is now behind both Chivas and Houston in the Western standings. The Colorado Rapids (4-2-4; 16) are just one point behind.

Eight teams make the MLS playoffs -- the top two finishers in each conference and the teams with next four best records regardless of conference. With the season's midpoint approaching, the Sounders still have the league's fourth-best point total, behind Chivas, Houston and Eastern-leader Chicago. That seems safe enough, however four teams – Kansas City, D.C. United, Toronto FC and Colorado – are just one point behind.

The nearest competitors looking to move up -- and thereby bump one of those eight from the playofss -- are Columbus and New England (13 points each) in the East, and Los Angeles (12) and Real Salt Lake (11) in the West.