MLS in August: Seattle up, FC Dallas down

August is always a critical month in MLS. Teams were back to full strength following the end of the Gold Cup, and the summer transfer window closed earlier in the month.  As play in August came to a close, here's how things have changed.

Biggest climbers. The Seattle Sounders are the biggest climbers, moving up four spots in August to first place in the Western Conference. Columbus and Montreal both climbed three spots in the Eastern Conferences -- the Crew into third place and the Impact on to Atlanta United's heels.

Unbeatens. The Sounders were one of four unbeaten teams along with Toronto FC, New York City FC and Real Salt Lake. Only NYCFC has prevented TFC from blowing opening the Supporters' Shield race. TFC began the month with a five-point lead and will end the move with a nine-point lead.

Playoff spots.The only thing have changed in the playoff picture was in the Western Conference, where San Jose's 3-0 win at the LA Galaxy moved the Earthquakes into sixth place. Otherwise, the same teams that began the month above the red line in each conference finished the month above the red line.

Dropping. FC Dallas dropped five spots in August, falling from second place to seventh place.

Winless. Five teams were winless in August: the Galaxy (without a point), FC Dallas, Colorado, Orlando City and Atlanta United.

Still in the basement. D.C. United and Colorado began the month in last place in their respective conferences. They will finish there though United's gap on the team above it has been reduced from six points to one thanks to three wins in a row.

MLS Teams in August:
Eastern Conference
56 (1. -) Toronto FC (4-0-1)
47 (2. +1) NYCFC (3-0-1)
42 (3. +3) Columbus (3-1-1)
41 (4. -2) Chicago (1-4-0)
39 (5. -1) NY Red Bulls  (1-2-1)
36 (6. -1) Atlanta United (0-1-2)
36 (7. +3) Montreal  (4-1-0)
31 (8. +1) Philadelphia  (1-2-2)
31 (9. -2) Orlando City (0-3-1)
29 (10. -2) New England (1-3-0)
28 (11. -) D.C. United (3-1-1)
PTS.=current points.
POS.=current position and change from beginning of August.
W-L-T=record in August.

Western Conference
42 (1. +4) *Seattle (3-0-2)
41 (2. +2) *Portland (3-1-1)
40 (3. -2) Sporting KC (1-1-1)
38 (4. +2) Vancouver (2-1-2)
38 (5. -2) Houston (1-1-2)
36 (6. +1) San Jose (2-2-1)
36 (7. -5) FC Dallas (0-3-2)
35 (8. -) Real Salt Lake (3-0-2)
25 (9. +1) Minn. United (1-2-1)
23 (10. -1) LA Galaxy (0-4-0)
22 (11. -) Colorado (0-3-2)
*Late Sunday game.
PTS.=current points.
POS.=current position and change from beginning of August.
W-L-T=record in August.

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