- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 18, 2007
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Only a few weeks left in the regular season and everything is really starting to take shape here in the MLS. Three clubs have qualified for the playoffs with a couple very close to joining them.
1. (1) DC United (49 pts.) – Another week, another win. The Supporter’s Shield is a dead heat of a race between them and Chivas right now. If results stand we could actually see a draw in points between the clubs. I think that means DC would win on head-to-head if my memory serves correct. No games until Sunday when they face Chicago on the road, could be a tough test but the way coach Tom Soehn is managing things right now I think DC will look very fresh against a tired Fire team.
2. (2) CD Chivas USA (44 pts.) – The draw kind hurt their ranking but in the end I decided not to drop them based on a road draw. Nice to see them finally find a way to win the season series with LA. Only took three seasons to do so, I must say I am impressed. Even with a fully healthy Galaxy I think Chivas would have done the same this season against LA. What is more impressive is the fact that they haven’t lost since July. Another home game this weekend when they host the Wizards, should be three points.
3. (4) New England Revolution (45 pts.) – Nice home win over Dallas, moved the Revs into the playoffs for real. A lot of talk about Sharlie Joesph getting MVP talk this season, after seeing the game against Dallas I believe it. Can this club catch DC for first in the east? I doubt it but they will be hosting in the first round, which is still big in the east. A potential first round preview with New York this week. I think it is fair to say that this is a matchup that we should expect to see in a few weeks.
4. (3) Houston Dynamo (45 pt.) – Drops after a win but not a bad drop really in my mind for the Dynamo. They are in the playoffs just like DC and New England and have regained the lead in the east. The bad news is they only have four more games this season and Chivas still has plenty left to overtake them. No games this week, which should be a blessing for a club that is hoping to get fully healthy to defend their title.
5. (5) FC Dallas (39 pt.) – Yeah not the road game that Dallas was hoping for. Things haven’t worked out just yet with Denilson, though some are already saying that the signing of him is a bust. I don’t buy that for a second here really. Hard to gage a player’s value to a club after three games or so. Either way Dallas has a big week ahead of them with two games. First is the Thursday night tilt with Brimstone Cup rival Chicago and then a Sunday clash in LA with the Galaxy. Honestly, Dallas has to get six points this week to even hope to host a first round playoff series.
6. (7) Kansas City Wizards (36 pts.) – Found a way (thanks to some shadiness on a PK call) to get three points against the Crew. Still the win gives the Wizards some new momentum going into these final games I think. I’ve said it before, come from behind wins like that do a lot for a teams confidence and momentum, especially during this part of the season. Big test against Chivas this weekend though, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them drop this game but a draw would be good at this point even though they really need three points.
7. (6) Chicago Fire (30 pts.) – A draw with the Red Bulls keeps them in the playoff fold somehow but it isn’t enough really. Another two game week for the Fire could be tough with a trip to Dallas and a visit from DC. I think four points would be huge for the Fire but it is going to be very tough to come by against two clubs that have dominated the Fire this season. Will Blanco make that much of a difference? We will see…
8. (8) Red Bull New York (37 pt.) – Still safe with the draw but they do need to be careful at this stage. Big preview game this weekend against New England. A win would do a lot in regards to how they might view their potential series with the Revs. A loss would do a lot of damage though.
9. (10) Colorado Rapids (29 pts.) – Almost dropped three points at home on Sunday but did find a way to at least draw with Chivas. I will say that if they do miss the playoffs it won’t be because of how they preform on the road, it will really be because of how they play at home. Shouldn’t a new stadium help a club out more than hurt them? Rival game this weekend in Salt Lake against Real. They have to find a way to get three points in this one.
10. (9) Columbus Crew (28 pt.) – That has to be a loss that kills any hope of reaching the playoffs this season. Sometimes bad luck is apart of the game and Columbus can feel that pain right now. Seconds away from stealing three points on the road and they drop three points thanks to a questionable PK call and then a breakdown goal right after that. The hope to recovery can start with a win up in Toronto this weekend though. A loss would easily kill any and all hope for the playoffs this season.
11. (11) Real Salt Lake (19 pt.) – Got lucky in Toronto that they didn’t lose that game. Nick Rimando made some stellar saves to get the draw. Two games this weekend, and I feel weird saying this, they could very well have a six point week. Yeah, games with Colorado and LA could very well give Real six points. Weird. Nothing rolls off the tongue like saying Real Salt Lake gets a six point week.
12. (13) Toronto FC (21 pt.) – I feel the goal coming, I really do. A visit from the Crew could help them out or it could just add more suffering to the pain that already is this long drought.
13. (12) LA Galaxy (17 pt.) – The playoffs are really no more than a dream right now for the Galaxy. Also Frank Yallop may be scouting for houses in San Jose because his time is only a countdown right now I believe. Games against RSL and Dallas this week, could be some points but I am not holding my breath. They may get two points this week…just may.