Weekend Recap: Playoff Race Gets Tighter

Weekend Recap: Playoff Race Gets Tighter

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 21, 2009
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  • MLS Weekend Recaps, Playoff Push 2009

Week 27 in Major League Soccer proved to be a good one for a couple clubs and another tough one for some others. One thing that is clear is the playoff race is still as tight as it was for the past few weeks.

One club that cashed in on a good weekend by not even playing was DC United. The Black-and-Red were off this weekend but cashed in well on results of others. With New England giving up a late goal to New York on Friday to get a draw and RSL dropping a game on the road to Houston, United saw their playoff chances increase pretty well. Throw in the fact that Colorado also tied a game on the road and DC not sees a possible wild card birth with their name on it.

One other club that is making it interesting is Kansas City. We thought they were dead in the water and in a way they still need to win out to get to the playoffs this year. But with three straight wins under their belt, Peter Vermes’ club is inching their way up the standings and are now just two wins away from a playoff spot. Lucky for some around the playoff zone KC still has matches at Houston and Chivas along with hosting DC, Colorado and Seattle. Not gonna be easy to get those two wins if you ask me.

Two clubs that saw their playoff chances take a nose dive were Toronto and Salt Lake this weekend. Both saw tough losses on the road which means they both need to win three of their last four games in order to reach the post season. Not an easy task for either side with both playing terrible on the road this year and both having a couple road games left. Toronto at least does having a visit from RSL and San Jose along with a trip to New York left. You could say their schedule sets them up nicely but based on recent play we can’t say it will get them in the playoffs for the first time or not.

The Supporter’s Shield race continues to be a tough one to call as LA scored a win over Toronto this weekend. Being only two points behind both Houston and Columbus the Galaxy still have a great shot at this year’s Shield. I’ll again say I still love the Galaxy’s chances at a Supporter’s Shield trophy this season.

Still a lot to be played but even with as tight as the playoff race is I’d like to think we are starting to get a clearer picture of who will make it this year and who will not.

After this weekend here is where we stand. For our purposes I like to place the club with the most games left on the schedule higher as a tiebreaker. Next tiebreaker is head-to-head followed by goal differential.

SUPPORTER’S SHIELD RACE/CONFERENCE AUTO-BIRTHS
Columbus (25) 11-4-10, 43 points (E1)
Houston (27) 12-8-7, 43 points (W1)
Los Angeles (26) 10-5-11, 41 (W2)
Chicago (26) 10-6-10, 40 (E2)
WILD-CARD BERTHS
Seattle (26) 9-6-11, 38 points
Chivas USA (24) 11-9-4, 37
Colorado (25) 10-8-7, 37
D.C. United (26) 8-6-12, 36
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New England (24) 9-8-7, 34
Real Salt Lake (26) 9-10-7, 34
Toronto (26) 9-10-7, 34
Kansas City (25) 8-11-6, 30
Dallas (25) 7-12-6, 27
San Jose (23) 5-12-6, 21
New York (26) 4-17-5, 17

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