Months gone in a flash, Wednesday marks the start of MLS Week 17. By Sunday night, the league will have officially crept to the halfway mark of the season.
Where has the time gone?
The tale of the first half of the season cannot be told without LAFC's dominance, nor the impact of new coaches like Matias Almeyda, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Frank de Boer and, more recently, interim boss Conor Casey. Carlos Vela is the runaway Landon Donovan MLS MVP leader, but half of the terrain is still to be covered. Who will catch their second wind to move within catching distance? What happens in the Secondary Transfer Window?
Andrew Wiebe tackled some of these very questions and did so in depth. Check it out.
Perhaps the biggest storyline is the new playoff format, with seven teams qualifying from each conference. It's beginning to come into focus as spring turned to summer and Decision Day, blurry still, remains on the horizon.
The Eastern Conference is wide open; spots two-through-seven out West are in flux (would you bet your favorite pair of jeans that the LA Galaxy will remain in second place?). With 18 matches between Wednesday and Sunday, positions ought to change fast and keep changing until the end of the season.