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MLS Playoff Race

EASTERN CONFERENCE AUTOMATIC BERTHS
Columbus (25) 11-4-10, 43 points
Chicago (26) 10-6-10, 40
WESTERN CONFERENCE AUTOMATIC BERTHS
Houston (27) 12-8-7, 43 points
Los Angeles (26) 10-5-11, 41
WILD-CARD BERTHS
Seattle (26) 9-6-11, 38 points
Chivas USA (24) 11-9-4, 37
Colorado (25) 10-8-7, 37
D.C. United (26) 8-6-12, 36
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New England (24) 9-8-7, 34
Real Salt Lake (26) 9-10-7, 34
Toronto (26) 9-10-7, 34
Kansas City (25) 8-11-6, 30
Dallas (25) 7-12-6, 27
San Jose (23) 5-12-6, 21
U. of Maryland women (At 8-0, best start in 13 years)
New York (26) 4-17-5, 17

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
Eastern
Columbus vs. Colorado
Chicago vs. DCU
Western
Houston vs. Chivas USA
Los Angeles vs. Seattle

Galaxy's second goal in 2-0 victory over Toronto:

By Steve Goff  |  September 20, 2009; 5:04 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Comments

Slow day.

Posted by: Curious99 | September 20, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

We got so much help from this weekend's results that it's almost not fair. Will we squander it? Or will this be a memorable DC United fall? ;)

Posted by: iammrben1 | September 20, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

We have more ties than Men's Wearhouse.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | September 20, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Great situational awareness on that LA goal by all concerned - DB, LD, and EB.

Posted by: b18bolo | September 20, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

So we were all surprised/transfixed on the percentage of games ending in draws earlier in the year. It seems like that had been happening less, and then a lot this weekend. What's that statistic look like now?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 20, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

We have more ties than Men's Wearhouse.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | September 20, 2009 6:30 PM
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And, most of ours are just as ugly.

Posted by: fischy | September 20, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Jacob -

Yes, 2009 still has more ties than in the past. Just over 30% are ties, while none of the past five years have been over 30%.

2009 - 31% ties
2008 - 27%
2007 - 26%
2006 - 29%
2005 - 23% (introduction of Chivas / RSL)

Posted by: pslong | September 20, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Thanks pslong!

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 20, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The results really helped us this weekend. New England scares me with two games in hand. Luckily we get to play teams at home who are around us in the league. We basically control our own destiny now.

I think LA wins the West. Too much firepower.

Posted by: grubbsbl | September 20, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Hate to admit it, but the second Galaxy goal has to be a candidate for goal of the year.

On the bright side, we are close to controlling our own playoff destiny (except for New England).

Posted by: DCUSince96 | September 20, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Rand-al-Thor, You talking about your Scroungers having more ties than men's wearhouse or just trying to blend in with the DCU heads for some stupid reason?
I smell a rave green turd in the punchbowl.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 20, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

And BTW sweet sequence there. Those play off match ups look worth checking out and seem some what fair. I'd like DC to be able to prove their worth and belonging in that group. I wouldn't call those mouth watering match-ups or anything that queer, but I'd be interested in watching any matches with any of those teams involved when it really matters.

Posted by: DadRyan | September 20, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

The first Galaxy goal wasn't shabby either. That guy Beckham can play some ball.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 21, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm not liking the fact that as it appears now, we would end up playing Chicago. The past few years, Chicago has always knocked out United in the first round.

Hopefully this year will be different? I'm not holding my breath but....I can be hopeful.

That transition between Becks, Landy and Buddle was amazing. Nice soft touch by Landy and awesome concentration by Buddle to finish it off. Pure class on that one. As much as I hate to say it.

Posted by: dogboy | September 21, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Pretty good results this weekend for DCU, it seems. As for playoff match ups: I say whichever. This DCU team has so many flaws that advancing is unlikely, but on the other hand, on a given day they could pull it together against anyone.

FWIW, here's what NE has left with their two games in hand and all:

Seattle
at Dallas
at Denver
Columbus
Chicago
at Columbus

So if Columbus and Chicago care to fight for the Shield or the first seed, maybe that's not so good for New England. Who knows?!

Posted by: CDRHoek | September 21, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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