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MLS Playoff Race

Columbus (29) 13-6-10, 49 points (vs. New England Sunday)
Chicago (29) 10-7-12, 42 (vs. Chivas USA Thursday)
Chivas USA (28) 13-9-6, 45 points (at Chicago Thu., vs. Houston Sun.)
Los Angeles (29) 11-6-12, 45 (vs. San Jose Saturday)
Houston (29) 12-8-9, 45 (at Chivas USA Sunday)
Seattle (29) 11-7-11, 44 (vs. Dallas Saturday)
Colorado (29) 10-9-10, 40 (at Real Salt Lake Saturday)
Toronto (29) 10-10-9, 39 (at New York Saturday)
New England (29) 10-10-9, 39 (at Columbus Sunday)
D.C. United (29) 9-8-12, 39 (at Kansas City Saturday)
Dallas (29) 11-12-6, 39 (at Seattle Saturday)
Real Salt Lake (29) 10-12-7, 37 (vs. Colorado Saturday)
Kansas City (29) 8-13-8, 32 (vs. DCU Saturday)
San Jose (29) 7-13-9, 30 (at Los Angeles Saturday)
Montreal (Impact wins USL-1 title on 6-3 aggregate over Vancouver)
New York (29) 4-19-6, 18 (vs. Toronto Saturday)

For our purposes, the first tiebreaker goes to the club that has played the fewest matches. Next is head to head and then overall goal differential -- the first two official MLS tiebreakers. Wondering about DCU's scenarios this weekend? Decipher this.

The combined away record of the five contenders needing to win on the road: 12-34-24. So don't count out RSL.

Columbus vs. Colorado
Chicago vs. Toronto
Chivas USA vs. Seattle
Los Angeles vs. Houston

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

Penalty kick! Or not. Watch and listen:

By Steve Goff  |  October 19, 2009; 7:30 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  
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Great, like Saputo needed another feather in his cap.

Posted by: Reignking | October 19, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Penalty. Bad weekend for refs all over the world, apparently. Do they have any good weekends? Perhaps we need to adjust our expectations...

Posted by: glfrazier | October 19, 2009 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Bruce Arena, Coach of the Year. The sad thing is, it's not like DC United fired him. He left for a "higher calling" to run the National Team, and there was no spot for him when he was done. In theory, he could still be here. Alas...

Fear the Turtle.

-- Joe Doc (aka "The Dragon Reborn")

Actually, if you're a Robert Jordan fan and live in the DC area, shoot me an email at I have some good news for you.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | October 19, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Grant Wahl's reaction on twitter:

Wow, MLS refs are terrible.
7:25 PM Oct 17th from web

Speaking of terrible, and Max Bretos, Sports Illustrated is reporting ESPN has hired Martin Tyler to be their lead broadcaster next summer.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 19, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

If I read the tiebreaker article correctly, it looks like there are circumstances under which United would be better off with a tie than a win. If Columbus, Toronto, Colorado, Dallas, and Chivas all win, then United makes it in by tying KC, but loses out if it beats KC. Can this be correct? If so, the playoff system is even worse than I thought.

Posted by: granadoskerry | October 19, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off draw

Matches 14 & 18 November 2009

Republic of Ireland v France
Portugal v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Greece v Ukraine
Russia v Slovenia

Posted by: Verrazzano | October 19, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

If I were Ireland and had to choose between France, Russia, Portugal or Greece, France would definitely have been my choice. I would enjoy a World Cup w/ Ireland in it--go Eire!

Posted by: glfrazier | October 19, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Playoff scenarios present an interesting choice; root for Red Bulls to beat Toronto or accept missing the playoffs. Hmmmm - what to do?

Posted by: rtm1 | October 19, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

so United is just 10 points behind the best team in the league? not too shabby.

Posted by: mizage | October 19, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

ESPN has hired Martin Tyler to be their lead broadcaster next summer.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 19, 2009 8:08 AM


Posted by: Kev29 | October 19, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Reis clearly makes contact with Rolfe's leg -- penalty.

Posted by: edgeonyou | October 19, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: sitruc | October 19, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Hucles retires after 109 caps and some clutch play leading to Olympic gold.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 19, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

so after reading the btb blog, i read a scenario where we could finish as high as 6th and have a #2 seed in the eastern conference, giving us "home field advantage" in the first round. this coming after we lost like 9 out of our last 10 games. i'm not complaining, but wow, the mls is taking parity to a whole other level.

gonna be a good one on sat, but i really hope sohen doesnt throw the game tomorrow in order to rest for sat. i would almost rather see dcu advance in the ccl and ensure sohen gets sacked and the roster overhauled by missing the playoffs than have this continue as it is. we were lucky to win against columbus and i doubt we go anywhere in the playoffs if we make it. (prove me wrong dcu- please)

Posted by: rademaar | October 19, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Retirement at 31? Has she had many injuries?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 19, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

AS for the PK, Reis made contact, enough to put someone off balance running at full speeed, so it should have been a PK. But it was not obvious to me that contact had been made until looking at the last replay, so I don't think it was obvious, even if it looked so. At least the ref had enough conviction to give the yellow for diving. It had to be a PK or a yellow. Too many times I've seen a ref not call a PK on tahat and just let play go on. At least the ref followed up his decision all the way through and not just halfway.

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | October 19, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Huh? GK was beaten, and deliberately tripped Rolfe to prevent an OGSO. Rolfe clearly tried to avoid the GK; that was no dive. That's a textbook penalty, and a yellow to the GK at minimum.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 19, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Absolute pk, from a ref who is tired of seeing these lousy calls in MLS. Ball is well away from the contact, Reis dives right at Rolfe's legs and trips him. Look where the ball is when Reis makes contact. Ridiculous, compounded by the error with the card to Rolfe. I give refs a lot of the benefit of the doubt on game situations--sometimes video shows stuff that is hard to see in the moment. But this is dreadful. No obvious communication with the AR for help, etc.

Posted by: macheath | October 19, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I'm very happy about it but the playoff race this year has been a joke. With the exception of FC Dallas nobody vying for these last three spots has stepped up and earned it. As miserable as DCU has played the last couple of months they may still finish SECOND! Mind boggling!

Posted by: blackandred777 | October 19, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

embellishment, but a clear penalty nonetheless.

Posted by: GoUnited | October 19, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

having played the position of GK It should have been a no call. There is nothing there to indicate that the GK was attempting to take the player out. The player could have easily step over the GK, instead he failed.

Posted by: lecain | October 19, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Chicago fans, now do you feel our pain?

Posted by: FAkeemail9875 | October 19, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

gonna be a good one on sat, but i really hope sohen doesnt throw the game tomorrow in order to rest for sat. i would almost rather see dcu advance in the ccl and ensure sohen gets sacked...
...Good point Rademaar. But wouldn't you rather get in the playsoff AND rebuild the team...Sohen is not the major problem, is he?
It is the personnel gaps (Left back, and another forward, maybe a new center mid? As I consider my season pass for next year, I think it is up to Management to put up.

Posted by: lemovs1 | October 19, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

hahaha lecain,
of course a GK is going to say that was not a PK.
Unfortunately for you, in this case, you're 100% dead wrong.

Posted by: Figgy | October 19, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

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