Playoff Race In Final Week

Playoff Race In Final Week

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 19, 2009
  • 2 Comments
  • MLS Cup Playoffs, Playoff Push 2009

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Three spots remain for the MLS playoffs and seven clubs are going for those spots. I think the most interesting part is that after this final week of the season we could actually see six clubs end up with 40 points. Yes six clubs.

See for yourself.

EASTERN CONFERENCE AUTOMATIC BERTHS
Columbus (29) 13-6-10, 49 points (vs. New England Sunday) – Clinched
Chicago (29) 10-7-12, 42 (vs. Chivas USA Thursday)
WESTERN CONFERENCE AUTOMATIC BERTHS
Chivas USA (28) 13-9-6, 45 points (at Chicago Thu., vs. Houston Sun.) – Clinched
LA Galaxy (29) 11-6-12, 45 (vs. San Jose Saturday) – Clinched
WILD-CARD BERTHS
Houston (29) 12-8-9, 45 (at Chivas USA Sunday) – Clinched
Seattle (29) 11-7-11, 44 (vs. Dallas Saturday) – Clinched
Colorado (29) 10-9-10, 40 (at Real Salt Lake Saturday)
Toronto (29) 10-10-9, 39 (at New York Saturday)
BOTTOM SEVEN OUT
New England (29) 10-10-9, 39 (at Columbus Sunday)
D.C. United (29) 9-8-12, 39 (at Kansas City Saturday)
Dallas (29) 11-12-6, 39 (at Seattle Saturday)
Real Salt Lake (29) 10-12-7, 37 (vs. Colorado Saturday)
Kansas City (29) 8-13-8, 32 (vs. DCU Saturday) – Eliminated
San Jose (29) 7-13-9, 30 (at Los Angeles Saturday) – Eliminated
New York (29) 4-19-6, 18 (vs. Toronto Saturday) – Eliminated

Yup, Colorado, Toronto, DC, Dallas, RSL and New England all could end with 40 points.

Right now TFC currently holds the tie-breaker among the four teams tied, based on its 2-1-3 record against the other teams tied on 39 points. New England and FC Dallas are tied with 2-2-2 records vs. the other 39-point teams. DC is in last among the tied teams, with a 1-2-3 record. The only team DC holds a tie-breaker on is FC Dallas, while FC Dallas only holds a tie-breaker on Toronto FC.

You may ask how Real Salt Lake is still alive in this race with so many other clubs surrounding them. Sure a few things have to happen like they have to beat Colorado and have Dallas, New England, DC and Toronto all lose their final games. But RSL holds tie-breakers on DC, TFC and the Revs, and would hold the tie-breaker on Colorado if it beats the Rapids by more than two goals, or wins by two goals while scoring more than two goals on Saturday.

Let’s put it this way, a win goes a long way for all of these clubs this weekend.

Same goes for Chivas USA in the Supporter’s Shield race. Their draw didn’t give Columbus the Shield for a second straight year as the Crew lost this past weekend in DC. Chivas would need to win their final two games this week to clinch the Shield and hope that Columbus loses to New England on Saturday. Not exactly the easiest of tasks with Chicago needing a win or draw to finally clinch their playoff spot and with hosting a Houston club who wants home field advantage.

This week will certainly be exciting.

  • @BlacknBlueKC

    Who needs promotion/relegation, we got playoffs! This will be a fun weekend ahead.

  • Who needs promotion/relegation, we got playoffs! This will be a fun weekend ahead.