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MLS Playoff Race

EASTERN CONFERENCE AUTOMATIC BERTHS
Columbus (28) 13-5-10, 49 points (at DC, vs. NE)
Chicago (28) 10-7-11, 41 (at NE, vs. Chivas)
WESTERN CONFERENCE AUTOMATIC BERTHS
Chivas USA (27) 13-9-5, 44 points (vs. SJ, at Chicago, vs. Houston)
Los Angeles (28) 11-6-11, 44 (at Houston, vs. SJ)
WILD-CARD BERTHS
Houston (28) 12-8-8, 44 (vs. LA, at Chivas)
Seattle (28) 10-7-11, 41 (at KC, vs. Dallas)
Colorado (28) 10-8-10, 40 (at Dallas, at RSL)
New England (28) 10-10-8, 38 (vs. Chicago, at Columbus)
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Dallas (28) 10-12-6, 36 (Colorado, at Seattle)
D.C. United (28) 8-8-12, 36 points (vs. Columbus, at KC)
Toronto (28) 9-10-9, 36 (vs. RSL, at NY)
Real Salt Lake (27) 9-11-7, 34 (vs. NY, at Toronto, vs. Colorado)
Kansas City (28) 8-12-8, 32
San Jose (28) 7-13-8, 29
UMBC (Retrievers 10-2-1 under ex-Maryland Bays coach Peter Caringi)
New York (28) 4-18-6, 18

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. New England
Western
Chivas vs. Seattle
Los Angeles vs. Houston

Golden Boot race: Jeff Cunningham (Dallas) 17 goals, Conor Casey (Colorado) 16.

By Steve Goff  |  October 11, 2009; 4:40 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Comments

Sure, NY is bad, but seeding UMBC ahead of them is just plain cold.

Posted by: mdamore | October 11, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

So its basically four teams chasing that last wild card birth held by NE. Five teams and one spot- I dont like our odds. I guess it is all meaningless if we cant win a game anyways.

OT, but if you haven't seen the Argentina-Peru highlights, they are def worth the 7 mins of german highlights in the link below. The rainstorm and Maradona's belly flop are priceless:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg60FhKsR1E

Posted by: rademaar | October 11, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Peru parked the bus before Argentina scored. I couldn't watch the 2nd half of those highlights due to the storms, though.

Posted by: Reignking | October 11, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Only way that clip could've been better is if Maradona had lost his pants. On second thought . . .

Palermo looked offside, though the AR should probably be forgiven if he couldn't see it.

Posted by: benonthehill | October 11, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I think Palermo was onside. There was a defender on the line and the goalie there charging on the shot/cross thing

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 11, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Dallas is going to sneak into the playoffs. Or, they are going to come into the playoffs as the hottest team in the league. You all can decide.

DC has about a 32.1 percent chance of making it (number arbitrarily made up). If DC wins both games I think that DC might slide in. Though, I can't remember the last league game DC won.

Posted by: grubbsbl | October 11, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

All the teams chasing for the last playoff spot have a shot. This upcoming Saturday is going to decide all. United has had two weeks off to recharge, recollect our minds, and get out there to give it the full 90. No excuses, no mistakes, no benny though.

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | October 11, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

UMBC can't beat New England. They've lost to Vermont and New Hampshire in the last two weeks. Luckily, Stony Brook was the victim between them.

Goff - UMBC is so last month. I suggest you start looking at ..... no one in DC area.

Akron is playing at Virginia Tech on Tuesday.

Posted by: J_S_F | October 11, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

It's absolutely ridiculous that we haven't been eliminated yet. We haven't gained a single point in MLS in a full month (1-0 win over Kansas City). There have been 33 MLS games played since that win.

That said, and (ir)regardless of our numerous flaws, we still have a chance, so I'm putting my head in the sand and blindly believing that somehow we will sneak in. I mean, we're playing with house money to be anywhere close to a spot at this point, so we'll probably get in on the basis of two undeserved 1-0 wins with goals from Avery John and Fred.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | October 11, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Two wins and we are in! Great. Now just go and get two wins...See ya next year!

Posted by: alan19 | October 11, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

So, say we somehow make it in and take over New England's spot, who do we play? None other than our playoff best friends, Chicago.

Posted by: Zeladajl | October 11, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Toronto seems to have the easiest schedule.

Posted by: fedssocr | October 11, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Keep sticking the knife in the Red Bulls, Goff. It'll be all the sweeter when DCU skip town.

Posted by: whoshotsam | October 11, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Seems grim but definitely still a possibility. Put a new coach in and we got a better shot, in my opinion.

Soehn = Shuffles and unsure about starting lineup
New Coach = Same situation

Soehn = Uninspiring
New Coach = Brings new life.

Posted by: redskinsux | October 12, 2009 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Sure, NY is bad, but seeding UMBC ahead of them is just plain cold.

Posted by: mdamore | October 11, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I probably would have put them behind my niece's U-8 house league team. They are the "Asthma and Allergy Physicians of Rhode Island (AAP for short) Purple Hornets".

I guess the hornet in question got sick of the bland black and gold that is so prominent in bee culture, and decided to embark in its self-discovery journey/rebellious stage. It is, however, unfortunately hindered by chronic asthma and allergies, which explains how it landed the sponsorship of one of the more well-known asthma specialists in the area.

Posted by: kdiff813 | October 12, 2009 12:34 AM | Report abuse

And really, whoshotsam? Your team is so bad that you have to resort to being insufferably arrogant when your team's RIVAL loses, even though that rival team currently has double the amount of points that the aforementioned team you root for has?

God, it must BLOW to be a fan of the Red Bull New York MetroStar Red Bulls of Harrison, New Jersey.

Posted by: kdiff813 | October 12, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

@kdiff813: Shouldn't the team nickname be "Sneezers and Wheezers?"

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 12, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm, if I remember my MLS playoff ranking tiebreakers right Houston is still on top of the West with the best goal differential (Hou +9, CHV +5, LAG +3), though Chivas has the better points per game.

*never mind, I looked it up and the first tiebreaker is head-to-head games amongst all tied teams. Chivas is top on PPG, and LA is over Houston because of their home win. Houston still has games against LAG and Chivas though, so the west is totally up for grabs.

Posted by: Cidolfas | October 12, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

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