MLS Weekend Recap: Playoff Race Heating Up

MLS Weekend Recap: Playoff Race Heating Up

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 24, 2009
  • 4 Comments
  • 2009 Week 23, MLS Weekend Recaps, Playoff Push 2009

In a loaded week that was week 23, the MLS playoff race has heated up like never before. Before the weekend a couple team sat outside the playoffs, but once everything was said and done our playoff race looked a little different this morning.

EASTERN AUTOMATIC BERTHS
Columbus 10-3-9, 39 points
Chicago 10-5-8, 38
WESTERN AUTOMATIC BERTHS
Houston 11-6-7, 40 points
Los Angeles 8-4-11, 35
NEXT FOUR IN
Chivas USA 10-7-3, 33 points
Seattle 8-6-9, 33
New England 8-6-6, 30
Colorado 8-7-6, 30
BOTTOM SEVEN OUT
Toronto 8-8-6, 30 points
D.C. United 6-5-11, 29
Real Salt Lake 7-9-6, 27
Dallas 6-11-5, 23
Kansas City 5-9-6, 21
San Jose 5-11-5, 20
New York 3-16-4, 13

Note: tiebreakers here go to teams with the fewest games played

Furthermore this weekend say the bottom two clubs (San Jose and New York) win games. For New York it snapped a 13-game winless streak.

This year’s race continues to prove to be one of the tightest races in recent memories. The 40 point mark, which is usually the magic number for reaching the playoffs. This year it may go up to 42 or 43 with the way things are going.

Weekend Thoughts:

Tough to pick out a best player of the week. Kheli Dube scored a hat trick, Juan Pablo Angel got his season back on track with Richie Williams as interim coach, Sacha Kljestan finally showed up for the first time this season for two goals, and Omar Cummings did all he could to get points in Chicago with his two goals.

Player of the week has to go to Dube for the three goals and just overall impressive performance against Real Salt Lake.

MVP Look:

Right now we have three or four real quality candidates for MVP this season.

– Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
– Fredy Montero (Seattle)
– Chad Marshall (Columbus)
– Omar Cummings (Colorado)
– Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto)

What no Guillermo Barros Schelotto? His mid-season injury kind of killed his MVP momentum. Before his injury he was easily the MVP of the league. If he returns to that form from earlier in the year now that he is back you can bet he will quickly move up the MVP track.

Surprised with Cummings? You shouldn’t be, just look at his stats and see just how important he is to the Colorado Rapids. He is on his way to a 10-and-10 season. Currently his eight goals and 10 assists may be the most underrated I’ve ever seen.

  • Cannon Girl

    Still hopeful—it's not over—WHO-HOOOOO—GO QUAKES!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Cannon Girl

    Still hopeful—it’s not over—WHO-HOOOOO—GO QUAKES!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • soccer goals

    I think tha t the Quakes are probably done.

  • I think tha t the Quakes are probably done.