Playoff Race Filling Out

Playoff Race Filling Out

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 12, 2009
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  • Playoff Push 2009

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A short weekend in Major League Soccer saw a couple things take place. The Columbus Crew inched closer towards their second straight Supporter’s Shield trophy (and another birth into the CONCACAF Champions League) and Toronto FC’s stumble nearly towards elimination.

SUPPORTER’S SHIELD RACE
Columbus (28) 13-5-10, 49 points (at DC, vs. NE) – Clinched playoff birth
Chivas USA (27) 13-9-5, 44 points (vs. SJ, at Chicago, vs. Houston) – Clinched playoff birth
Los Angeles (28) 11-6-11, 44 (at Houston, vs. SJ) – Clinched playoff birth
Chicago (28) 10-7-11, 41 (at NE, vs. Chivas)
WILD-CARD BERTHS
Houston (28) 12-8-8, 44 (vs. LA, at Chivas) – Clinched playoff birth
Seattle (28) 10-7-11, 41 (at KC, vs. Dallas)
Colorado (28) 10-8-10, 40 (at Dallas, at RSL)
New England (28) 10-10-8, 38 (vs. Chicago, at Columbus)
BOTTOM SEVEN OUT
Dallas (28) 10-12-6, 36 (Colorado, at Seattle)
D.C. United (28) 8-8-12, 36 points (vs. Columbus, at KC)
Toronto (28) 9-10-9, 36 (vs. RSL, at NY)
Real Salt Lake (27) 9-11-7, 34 (vs. NY, at Toronto, vs. Colorado)
Kansas City (28) 8-12-8, 32
San Jose (28) 7-13-8, 29
New York (28) 4-18-6, 18

I’ve added key matches left for those in contention here. San Jose joined New York this past week in the elimination zone while KC is all but mathematically eliminated here. Everyone has two games left except for Chivas and RSL. That is key here when looking at things because Chivas is the lone club keeping Columbus from clinching the Supporter’s Shield trophy and RSL is hoping the game in hand will push them towards the playoffs for the second straight year.

Sasha Kljestan is leading Chivas USA up the standings. (Getty Images)

Sasha Kljestan is leading Chivas USA up the standings. (Getty Images)

As I mentioned Toronto really shot themselves in the foot this past weekend with the draw to San Jose at home. Based on their schedule they still have a shot but if they play as flat as they did against the Quakes (who are playing better these days let’s give them that real quick) they will not reach the playoffs. This game coming up with RSL at BMO Field will be a big one for both. Another draw will pretty much end all hopes here for both sides.

The magic number still looks to be 42 points here. Chicago and Seattle should be the next two to qualify here. Though don’t sleep on New England beating the Fire right now and KC spoiling Seattle’s hopes. Chicago is a better road team and Seattle is gaining loads of confidence on the road so we will see out it plays out.

Those bottom two spots are real interesting though. Colorado looked like they were good to go into the playoffs but after a few weeks of not being able beat teams they should they now look very vulnerable to get passed up here. The hot team right now is Schellas Hyndman’s FC Dallas squad who have really been hot lately. This matchup against the Rapids this weekend will tells who out of these two will go to the playoffs and who will not.

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