MLS weekend flashback: Playoff race
With MLS shifting into the final stage of the regular season, we are altering the format of the weekly review by turning attention from specific matches to the playoff race. We'll also resume last year's cold-hearted mockery of the worst club -- the Red Bulls were our targets in 2009, D.C. United this year -- by wedging a random team ahead of them in the overall standings.
EASTERN CONFERENCE AUTOMATIC BERTHS
Columbus Crew 13-5-5, 44 points. This week: at Los Angeles. After a five-day stay in Washington for two matches, Crew players are practically career politicians.
New York Red Bulls 11-8-4, 37. This week: vs. Colorado. When Thierry Henry saw "Sandy" and "Rio" on the city/stadium itinerary, he definitely didn't think he was going to Utah.
WESTERN CONFERENCE AUTOMATIC BERTHS
Los Angeles Galaxy 13-5-5, 44 points. This week: vs. Columbus. David Beckham has designs on playing this weekend. Posh just has designs.
Real Salt Lake 12-4-7, 43. This week: at Seattle. In match No. 23, RSL equals the MLS record for most consecutive games unbeaten at home with 22 and boosts its league-best goal difference to plus-21.
FC Dallas 10-2-10, 40 points. This week: at San Jose. What will occur first: Jeff Cunningham overtaking Jaime Moreno for the MLS career scoring lead (it's now 132 to 129) or FCD's unbeaten streak, now at 13, ending?
Colorado Rapids 9-6-7, 34. This week: at New York. On Sunday, NFL teams made noteworthy cuts. On Saturday, Omar Cummings beat them to it.
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San Jose Earthquakes 9-7-5, 32. This week: vs. Dallas. We love Khari Stephenson because he played at tiny Williams College, which is located in picturesque Williamstown, Mass., which is home to only the greatest apparel shop in the whole wide world, Goff's Sports.
Seattle Sounders 9-9-5, 32. This week: vs. RSL. After Patrick Ianni was slapped around by Shalrie Joseph, the Sounders were slapped around in a late 10-minute stretch by the Revs.
Kansas City Wizards 7-9-6, 27. This week: off. Davy Arnaud's obvious strategy for a free kick from near the sideline: Just shoot directly toward erratic Philly keeper Chris Seitz.
Toronto FC 7-9-6, 27. This week: at Chicago, vs. DCU. A rough day for Canadian soccer: The national team loses to Peru at BMO Field, TFC falls to 1-8-1 on the road.
New England Revolution 7-12-3, 24. This week: at Chivas USA. Dube replaces Nyassi in the lineup. Dube scores his first goal in 11 months while Nyassi scores for Gambia in African Nations Cup qualifying.
Houston Dynamo 6-12-5, 23. This week: off. Ten years from now, we'll ask: Remember that one season when the Dynamo didn't make the playoffs?
Chivas USA 6-12-4, 22. This week: vs. New England. The only victory in the past six games was against DCU. Is Martin Vasquez in trouble?
Philadelphia Union 5-11-6, 21. This week: vs. Chicago. Commenting on Seitz's misjudgment on Kansas City's tying goal, Union Coach Peter Nowak channels Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano when he says: "I don't care if it is the sun or a shadow."
Honorary MLS member: Charleston Battery, for winning USL-2 title and undoubtedly celebrating down the street at pirate-themed Queen Anne's Revenge on Daniel Island. Damn ye, yellow-bellied sapsuckers!
D.C. United 4-16-3, 15. This week: at Toronto. Things have gotten so bad, even the wildlife (cats, rats, birds, raccoon) is abandoning RFK Stadium.
(For our purposes, the first tiebreaker goes to the club that has played fewer matches. Next is head-to-head and then goal differential.)
Columbus vs. Seattle
New York vs. San Jose
Los Angeles vs. Colorado
Real Salt Lake vs. Dallas
Golden Boot: Edson Buddle (Los Angeles) 13 goals, Juan Pablo Angel (New York) 12, Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia) 10, Fredy Montero (Seattle) 10.
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