Ted S. Warren, Associated Press
Seattle Sounders' Obafemi Martins second from left, is greeted by teammates Brad Evans, right, Clint Dempsey, second from right, and Lamar Neagle, left, after Martins scored a goal against the Colorado Rapids, Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the second half of an MLS soccer match in Seattle. The Sounders defeated the Rapids 4-1.

After eight rounds of play in Major League Soccer, we have learned that the league is an Eastern Conference sandwich. With four Western teams at the top and three at the bottom, MLS is now made up of the High and Low conferences and the Conference of Mediocrity.

This week we are grouping the teams in tiers, starting off with the Supporters' Shield contenders.