- The Seattle Sounders have overcome a sluggish start and are rounding into the form as the home stretch of the season approaches. Sound familiar?
Usually in sports, one expects things to regress to the norm. Sometimes, though, they simply do not. When the 2017 MLS season started and the Eastern Conference appeared to be by far the stronger of the two, many expected the table to balance at least a little bit before the end of the season. Instead, it's done the opposite.
As it stands right now, of the three teams that share the top spot in the Western Conference with 37 points, only two would make the playoffs out of the East, because now a full four teams in that conference have more points than the best teams in the West. Of course, the schedule is still unbalanced, and there’s plenty of soccer left to play, but it’s a nice little oddity to ponder while you wait for the playoff races to heat up in earnest.
Luckily, this week’s Power Rankings aren’t quite so biased towards the East, as last season's MLS Cup winner makes its summer push up the table: