Seattle Sounders FC hasn't spent one day of its short and happy history out of the top eight teams in the MLS standings ... nor therefore out of playoff position.
However, that day could arrive as early as Wednesday.
The Sounders awoke this morning ranking seventh in the league's points race, and they could fall to eighth by early afternoon if D.C. United beats San Jose. (Update: Quakes 2, DC 1. See new post above.)
If that happens (Update: It didn't), then the Sounders would trickle down to ninth place on Wednesday if New England wins at FC Dallas.
And then they might have to wait awhile to do anything about it, because this week's MLS schedule brings the league's toughest challenge: a date at Columbus. And then the following week is a by week, when the Sounders won't be able to do anything but sit back and watch other teams turn their games in hand into actual points.
What's left for the Sounders is one game where they appear to be clear underdogs (at Columbus), one that seems about 50-50 (at Kansas City), and one they should be expected to win (home to Dallas). A win, a loss and a draw would end their season with 42 points.
But would that be enough?