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MLS Playoff Race

With two months left in the regular season.....

Columbus 10-3-9, 39 points
Chicago 10-5-8, 38
Houston 11-6-7, 40 points
Los Angeles 8-4-11, 35
Chivas USA 10-7-3, 33 points
Seattle 8-6-9, 33
New England 8-6-6, 30
Colorado 8-7-6, 30
Toronto 8-8-6, 30 points
D.C. United 6-5-11, 29
Real Salt Lake 7-9-6, 27
Dallas 6-11-5, 23
Kansas City 5-9-6, 21
San Jose 5-11-5, 20
Portland Timbers (extend USL-1 unbeaten streak to 23 in front of 13,000)
New York 3-16-4, 13 (snaps 13-game winless streak in front of 9,000)

For our purposes, tiebreakers go to the clubs that have played fewer matches.

FIRST-ROUND PAIRINGS: Columbus vs. Colorado; Chicago vs. New England; Houston vs. Seattle; Los Angeles vs. Chivas USA.

Watch Kheli Dube's hat trick for the Revs.

By Steve Goff  |  August 24, 2009; 12:27 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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The United need to give up on all of these extra tournaments and put 100% effort into their remaining MLS schedule, missing the playoffs again would be pathetic.

That being said, I'm trying to go to the game on Wednesday, I like mid-week games when it's not so crowded.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | August 24, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Not looking good for United. We really needed those 3 points on Saturday.

Any developments on Szetela?

Posted by: Jaywag86 | August 24, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

haha Portland could probably take San Jose too.

Posted by: saabrian | August 24, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Goff, any word about ticket sales for USOC final?

Posted by: NattyBo1985 | August 24, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Only 2 wins clear of Dallas. Ug.

Posted by: Reignking | August 24, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

limping toward the playoffs, 1 point at a time.

Posted by: tcbannon | August 24, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Playoffs? Zzzzzzz.

US Open Cup final needs to be won, if that doesn't happen it won't matter wether DCU makes the playoffs or not. MLS 3.0 will become so nauseating that I'll have to go back to watching the NBA.

EVERYONE is hip to the fact that RFK will be serving up $2 domestics and $2 hot dogs right? I prefer the Guinness but this is really making it impossible to have an excuse not to go to the Final and bringing your Bud Light drinking bros!

Posted by: DadRyan | August 24, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

What Portland is doing--both on the field and in the stands is really, really impressive.

Maybe Timber Jim will come out of retirmement briefly when they move up to MLS

(and if y'all don't know about Timber Jim then ya better ask somebody--or better yet, just google him for a youtube video).

Posted by: yankiboy | August 24, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I might put Portland ahead of San Jose and KC as well...

Here's my theory on why Portland is so good this year:
Back when Rochester was "about to go MLS" players appeared out of the woodwork who were willing to work for peanuts in order to get that year long tryout for an MLS team. The guys carried on the Rhinos roster in 98, 99, 2000 and even 2001 were in this category. Once it became painfully clear the Rhinos were never going to get into MLS the same player's salary demands suddenly sky rocketed. Former DCU reservist David Hayes fits this category this season for Portland. In fact his quotes about most players on the team belonging at a higher level set me off on this little theory.

Posted by: DrewROC | August 24, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

The Rhinos attendance also followed suit when the buzz around town was, "the Rhinos are going MLS"!!!

Posted by: DrewROC | August 24, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Maybe this will give David Hayes a chance to come back to MLS...

Posted by: Reignking | August 24, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

If PowerBoater69 goes to the match on Wednesday, will he sing "Vamos El United"?

Posted by: DCUMD | August 24, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

The playoff race, maybe for the first time ever, is exciting this year. Seattle's entry means only a bit more than half the 15 teams get in. And since only 2 teams in each conference get automatic berths the fight for the remaining 4 spots pits 7 or 8 teams against each other.

Columbus, Chicago and Houston should definitely make the playoffs. New York, San Jose, Dallas, and Kansas City should miss out. All the other teams: Chivas, LA, NE, Seattle, Colorado, Toronto, DC and Salt Lake - roughly in that order - are fighting to get into the postseason.

That makes for more meaningful late-season MLS games.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | August 24, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 24, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Ugh....DCU has exactly as many wins as FCDallas. What does that tell you?

RK, I did not know Hayes played in MLS. I always enjoyed watching him play for the Silverbacks.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | August 24, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, he played for that DC team...(and, apparently, briefly for Chicago).

Posted by: Reignking | August 24, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

The ship be sinking.

Posted by: EdTheRed | August 24, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Not in the best of positions, but I still think DC stumbles in.

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 24, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

What is the longest a coach has been a coach of a team not making the playoffs?

Posted by: peridigm | August 24, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I think I figured out Szetela's transgression...he is PowerBoater69 and Soehen heard/read one-too-many "The Uniteds".

Posted by: DCB23 | August 24, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

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