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And the Winner Is.....

Cast your vote.

By Steve Goff  |  October 27, 2008; 2:02 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Columbus. Supporters Shield, MLS Cup, and League MVP. Sigh.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 27, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Sigh, indeed. Dynamo to repeat, yet again.....though Columbus' edge in goal could be the difference maker in the final. Wouldn't rule out Chicago, given the way they're playing right now -- but, in the end, I think the Dynamo do too good a job of smothering opponents while still creating lots of really good chances.

Posted by: fischy | October 27, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Agreed.

And Phillies in six.

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 27, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

If Columbus is to win, Schelotto needs to start playing better than he did against DCU. I am not saying he played poorly, but he disappeared for long stretches and did not play nearly as well as he can.

Posted by: Ron16 | October 27, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Shhh! Really Philly fans still expect to lose it all.

I'll take Houston. But really, don't the MLS playoffs usually come down to the hot keeper? That would favor Columbus, as Chicago wasn't doing too well recently until they played Energie NY.

Posted by: Reignking | October 27, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Did Columbus take it easy on Sunday? Or are they ready to step up for the playoffs? Either way, I think that Houston has the talent, the experience, and the good late-season form to win the Cup again. Columbus would make a good runner-up for me - better than Chicago.

Posted by: SSMD1 | October 27, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

When I posted (First!), Columbus had a wide majority, but now Houston is in the lead. Are people reacting to my message? Does this demonstrate the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle? Are we seeing "The Bradley Effect?"

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 27, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Massive Canaries vs. Goats in the final. Game goes to PKs.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | October 27, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Now, I-270, you are just trying to convince people to vote for Columbus. For shame!

Posted by: Reignking | October 27, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I agree that it'll most likely come down to Houston or Columbus. Between the two, I'd rather see Columbus win.

I made fun of the Crew before the season started, calling them the Real Salt Lake of the East. I thought that they too were in a constant state of distress.

But Zigi proved me wrong, and this was before:
1. Scholetto agreed to return, and
2. Columbus acquired Brian Carroll from San Jose.

That said, they've played some excellent football throughout the year and would be good champions.

Houston has also been a good champion the last two years, but winning another championship would leave little doubt (and something that I already suspect) that the San Jose/Houston franchise has surpased DC United as the best franchise in MLS. I'd rather this not become so clear and for DC United to get an opportunity to defend it's seat atop MLS, so I'm hoping Houston falls early (although not to New York).

Chicago will probably make it past New England, but the Wizards are there as wallflowers (they're certainly not there to dance).

In the West, neither Salt Lake or Chivas appears to have the fortitude of Houston, although I suspect Salt Lake advances based purley on the Western Conference's tendancy to have upsets.

Posted by: TCompton | October 27, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Columbus, was Sigi Schmidt the inspiration behind this guy?
http://www.kungfupanda.com/

Skidoosh.

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 27, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

If Chicago plays like they did Thursday night, they'll win the whole thing. That seems unlikely based on their run of form over the past month and a half, but I still voted for them.

Posted by: Kenobi | October 27, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I think Chicago will keep rolling along and win. Houston is already looking a bit tired and they have more Champions League games to play in addition to the playoffs. Plus they have to go play on that crappy turn in NJ.

Columbus hasn't been especially impressive the last couple of weeks.

I believe it will be Chicago and Houston (after squeaking past CHV) in the final with Chicago winning.

Posted by: fedssocr | October 27, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I'd go with Columbus unless they are hit with the jinx.
Lets give Columbus a shot..its been how many years without a championship..?

I dont see houston doing it this year, like many have said they have CCL matches pending for them. And it will tire out the squad.

but we will see.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | October 27, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Houston V NY HOUSTON
Chivas V RSL Chivas
Columbus V KC COlumbus
Chicago V NE Chicago
.........................
HOuston V Chivas Chivas(pk's)
Columbus V Chicago Chicago
................................

MLS CUP
CHICAGO !!!!!!!!!!!

wish it was DC but I'll just have to wait till next year....

Posted by: ThE-BaRRa-BrAvA-KiD | October 27, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Just curious, and maybe I am putting too much faith in Wikipedia here, but how come playoff attendances on Wikipedia are consistently smaller than regular season attendances?

For example, here is Chicago's attendance figures:
regular season/playoffs
1998: 17,887/22,677
1999: 16,016/8,197
2000: 13,387/8,431
2001: 16,388/11,239
2002: 12,922/9,434
2003: 14,005/14,961
2004: 17,153/missed playoffs
2005: 17,238/11,493
2006: 14,088/10,217
2007: 16,490/17,834
2008: 17,034/TBD

Posted by: kingchros | October 27, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Probably because it's frickin' freezin'...

Posted by: Reignking | October 27, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Chicago vs. Columbus will make for an excellent semifinal. Houston vs. RSL/Chivas... not so much.

I agree with TCompton. A win by Houston would allow them to rob us of the title of most prestigious club in MLS. I'd rather see Columbus win.

Posted by: DCUMD | October 27, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

@ReignKing: I admit it, I work for ACORN.

@kingchros: what he said and (speculation alert) 50% of the playoff games are on schoolnights.

@JoeDoc: Great, there's another $20 out of my pocket on release day.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 27, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow have you guys seen this? Looks like the Freddie Ljunberg rumors are actually true. Seattle has a darn good chance of being the first expansion club to make the playoffs in their inaugural season.

Posted by: DCUMD | October 27, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Columbus goes out in the first round. OVERRATED!

Posted by: bobfairchild1 | October 27, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I guess that makes it official...honestly, I know nothing about Ljunberg.

Posted by: Reignking | October 27, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Seattle has a darn good chance of being the first expansion club to make the playoffs in their inaugural season.
Posted by: DCUMD | October 27, 2008 4:30 PM
===================

Ummmm.. Chicago Fire?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 27, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

East:
KC - CLB --> CLB 2-1
NE - CHI --> CHI 4-1
--------------------
CHI - CLB --> CLB 2-0

West:
NY - HOU --> Hou 3-1
RSL - CHV --> RSL 1-0
---------------------
RSL - HOU --> RSL 1-1 (PK's)

MLS CUP:
RSL - CLB --> CLB 3-0

Posted by: GoUnited | October 27, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I like Columbus. Balanced.

Posted by: GregBecker | October 27, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

RSL for the win.

Garth Lagerwey knows sweet creamery butter.

Posted by: Eric_in_Baltimore | October 27, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Seattle has a darn good chance of being the first expansion club to make the playoffs in their inaugural season.

Posted by: DCUMD | October 27, 2008 4:30 PM
Cuz of their DP? right. Beckham didn't even get the Gals close, what is it you think Freddy is gonna do? Great move for attracting the elusive Pacific Northwest Cougar contingent for sure, but Playoffs?... Playoffs?

Posted by: DadRyan | October 27, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I've been prayin to the soccer gods and Chicago wont win. They just can't. I hate them too much. Guess I'll be hoping Houston takes everyone down.

Posted by: malartach | October 27, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

"Cuz of their DP? right. Beckham didn't even get the Gals close, what is it you think Freddy is gonna do?"
++++++++
Freddy Adu's going to Seattle?!

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 27, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Ljungberg? Send him to Swedish Hospital.


Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 27, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Ljunberg + Keller + already solid lineup of USL players + huge fan base = Playoffs

Just a prediction.

Big question will be whether Ljunberg turns out to be a Blanco-ish DP or a Gallardo-ish DP.

Posted by: DCUMD | October 27, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Freddy Adu's going to Seattle?!

Posted by: joedoc1 | October 27, 2008 8:51 PM

Funny thing is that that Adu was one of the three suspected Freddies in the rumor mill out there.

Ljungberg? Send him to Swedish Hospital.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 27, 2008 8:52 PM

Ha! I spent many more hours in the emergency room at Harbor View, but I do have a gruesome Swedish Hospital story... Momryan and I lived just down the way from Swedish in our last years in Seatown. Lot's of great Ethiopian food near by:-)

Big question will be whether Ljunberg turns out to be a Blanco-ish DP or a Gallardo-ish DP.

Posted by: DCUMD | October 27, 2008 10:41 PM

That is the question, and I was just trying to stir the kettle a bit in regard to Seattle's future. No ill intent. I've been getting emails about the Sounders moves for months and I gotta admit that none of my buddies actually residing in the Pacific Northwest seem to be nearly as interested. That will change in time. Can't wait for the 2009 schedule to be set so we can start making travel arrangements that will coincide with DCU playing there. Uwajimaya here we come.
http://www.uwajimaya.com/index.html

Posted by: DadRyan | October 27, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

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