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MLS Playoff Race

Columbus 10-4-9, 39 points
Chicago 10-6-8, 38
Houston 11-7-7, 40 points
Los Angeles 9-4-11, 38
Seattle 8-6-10, 34 points
New England 9-6-6, 33
Colorado 9-7-6, 33
Chivas USA 10-9-3, 33
Real Salt Lake 9-9-6, 33
D.C. United 7-5-11, 32
Toronto 8-8-7, 31
Dallas 6-11-5, 23
Kansas City 5-10-6, 21
San Jose 5-12-5, 20
Richmond Kickers (USL-2 champions ... with help from DCU ringer)
New York 4-16-4, 16

For our purposes, the first tiebreaker goes to the club that has played the fewest matches. Next is head-to-head and then goal differential.

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

Beckham's goal:

By Steve Goff  |  August 31, 2009; 6:01 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Well struck by Beckham. Seems like LA has found their form. Only MLS loss in over two months was to Seattle (when Beckham received early ejection).

Posted by: FrancoNiell | August 31, 2009 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Huge win at Chicago definitely puts DCU back in the mix. Too bad Colorado and Salt Lake won. If DCU takes care of business at home they will make the playoffs though.

Posted by: CapitolHill1 | August 31, 2009 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Muy interesante. (Thank you, Rossetta Stone).

I only saw a couple of minutes of the Chicago game, but I liked what I saw -- including the goal. Other than Wicks' obvious need to refill his Prozac scrip, it was a great result. I hope this is a turning-around of sorts for the boys. The idea of New England jumping ahead makes me ill.

And I DON'T want an overnight Labor Day Special! Will someone please tell me how to get that ad to stop bleeding down into my beloved blog?!

Posted by: joedoc1 | August 31, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Change your ad settings in your preferences (if you use Blogger), or use Firefox and install AdBlock Plus.

Did anyone else notice the disturbing trend yesterday? New York has won two in a row.

Posted by: addick | August 31, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

That lede on the Richmond kickers article was sub-USL2 quality. I presume when the team loses the writer starts his write-ups with "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times".

Posted by: M__N | August 31, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

wow, we really do win trophies. usl-2 trophies, but still.

Posted by: stairs | August 31, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Your simplification of the play-off race shows that MLS should adopt a single-table league, just like most of the rest of the world. Especially for 2010, when there will be no "extra games" against local rivals to make up the 30 game schedule, the East West conference system has no value.

Posted by: anotherchancetosee | August 31, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

That guy Beckham can strike a ball.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 31, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

2 great things about the Beckham goal:

1. as the throw in is made, he's already moving away from the ball into open space away his marker who is moving toward the ball. as a result there is no one to prevent him from pouncing when the deflection heads his way.

2. i noticed this watching it live, but he kicks the ball into the ground first which prevents it from going too high. that takes an extra level of skill.

it's a goal that very few players in MLS could even think about scoring and, all in all, i say it's a candidate for Goal of the Year, though probably not the winner.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | August 31, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I use Firefox and AdBlock and don't feel guilty about it because I contribute to deforestation by subscribing to the print edition.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 31, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

for the playoffs, NE has 2 games in hand whil the other 33 point teams have 1 or 0, so i would forget about the Revs and focus on the Western Conference teams. Seattle has 1 more game than DCU, so they can be caught.

the good news for DCU is that their remaining schedule features 7 eminently winnable games. they need to start with a win @ Dallas to keep the momentum going for the 5 straight games at home after that. the showdowns with Seattle on Sept 12th and Chivas on Oct 3rd will be the key matches down the stretch, provided DCU can handle Dallas, KC and SJ.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | August 31, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

A single table, how is the casual American Sports fan going to understand our league without conferences? Where is the AL, and NL when you need it?

DC is at the beginning of an extremely tough but doable challenge. DC must get near maximum points during its home stretch. A win against FC Dallas is a must too.

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 31, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Spot on, dimes.

Posted by: joedoc1 | August 31, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

If NE, Rapids, and CUSA can be replaced with RSL, DCU, TFC it would be the best crowd atmposheres in MLS playoff history. Most exciting in history. I HATE watching NE games...booooring. Add grid lines and just impossible to watch. C-BUS should have a decent atmosphere. Nordeck looks great on TV and it seems that the stadium has been filling up a bit.

Posted by: ATPDC | August 31, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

so two dropped points for the first LA game because of officiating + two dropped points for the second LA game because of officiating would put us one point behind Chicago....

Posted by: timspears | August 31, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse


I noticed the same thing: Beckham was moving to where the ball was going to be, not where it was. The two defenders were reacting to something completely different and had no chance at defending the shot.

I'm not a big Beckham fan but that was a world class play that usually goes unnoticed.

Reminds me of what another great athlete used to say: "Skate to where the puck is going, not to where it is" -- Wayne Gretsky

Posted by: desd1 | August 31, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Just to clarify, the Richmond Kickers have enjoyed the loan of DiRaimondo from time to time. He has played in a few games this season. His set piece goal last Saturday was just terrific. On the other side of the pitch, Charlotte was struggling during the first half of the season until they received the loan of 6f t6in Colorado Rapid's goalkeeper Steward Ceus. Following his arrival, Charlotte was unbeaten in 9 games.That all ended in a super game last Saturday. Congratulation Kickers! USL-2 Champs!

Posted by: BigRon1 | August 31, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

NE could make quite a run considering they've got 2-3 games in hand on the other at-large or wild card teams.

Posted by: DrBeaker | August 31, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Goff. What kind of a crowd can we expect for the US Open Cup Final? Anything less than 20,000 will give Seattle much to ridicule.

Posted by: bartapest1 | August 31, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

hey bart, what will they ridicule if they lose? It'll be a lot like all the hot air Ljungberg puffs at the refs. A lotta good that's done ey?
DC need not worry about attendance figures. Those don't win trophies.

Posted by: DadRyan | August 31, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Greetings from Seattle!

I know there are going to be a lot of Sounders fans "invading" your blog this week, so I just wanted to say that I'm a Sounders fan, and I don't wish any "ill will" on any of you ... may the best team win.

Aw, who am I kidding.

How's that advertising campaign working out for you? Do you think you might pack in 15k for the game? 20k?

Come on folks ... it's Washington DC! Where's your passion for the game? Grow a pair already.

PS - Who are you starting at QB this year again? Didn't see his name come up in my FFL draft....

Posted by: EverydayFan | August 31, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

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