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A closer look at those MLS standings

The Sounders return to training today. I'll be over there and should be able to post again in early afternoon with any news from there.

Meanwhile, here's the story I ran today ... a very brief look at why the Sounders seem to be playing better on the road these days ... a well-timed trend considering they start a three-game road trip Saturday at New England.

Meanwhile, here's a look at the MLS standings ... which shows not only that the Sounders are fifth in the points race, but that they are an ominous seventh when figured by average-points-per-game. And who's right behind them: New England.

In any case, those standings offer at least the illusion of one weekend of breathing room ... in the sense that no series of results can drop the Sounders below eighth in the points race this weekend. But with Columbus coming up next week, the Sounders might really need get something out of New England on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a couple of you also had some interesting observations after looking a little deeper into the MLS table in comments from one of the posts below, and I wanted to elevate those observations to up here where perhaps more people can see them:

From ciscokid:Anything less than a win at NE is bad for us because NE has 2 games in hand as does Chivas, so they could conceivably jump ahead and drop us to 8th spot, if Colorado and Chivas win 1 game of the games they have in hand.

Either way, I think this is going down to the final game...and the penultimate game in KC is no gimme the way they have been playing lately. Hopefully they will be out of it by Oct 17th.

Really, it's a 9 team race right now for 8 spots. And Chivas doesn't even make up it's games in hand until the final week when they play 3 games in 8 days. So it's likely to go to the wire.

From jimkingjr:

Weekend of play over, and it looks awfully status quo.

The top teams are still the top teams, with Houston and Los Angeles winning, and Columbus and Chicago playing to a draw.

The wild card contenders are still the wild card contenders, and separating a bit from those chasing them. Colorado had a draw against San Jose (with a rematch coming Wednesday), we know what happened at Qwest, and D.C. (in the final spot at this point with 36 points) did not play.

The wannabees are still wanting, with Toronto and Salt Lake losing, and New England getting only a draw against New York. These three, all at 34 points, really need wins next week to stay in contention, with New England hosting Seattle, Toronto at Chicago, and Salt Lake at Dallas.

Next weekend could solidify those groupings- or really shake things up (this is, after all, the somewhat unpredictable MLS).