Playoff Weekend Recap: Lower Seeds Setting Pace

Playoff Weekend Recap: Lower Seeds Setting Pace

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 2, 2009
  • 4 Comments
  • 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs
The playoff version of the SuperClasico got off to a bang with a 2-2 draw. (Getty Images)

The playoff version of the SuperClasico got off to a bang with a 2-2 draw. (Getty Images)

Some could say the results we saw in the first week of the playoffs were fairly expected. The SuperClasico ended in a draw that I think most folks expected to get; Real Salt Lake found a way to get a win over the Crew at home; Seattle and Houston battled it out to a scoreless draw; and maybe the only real shocker of the weekend was the Revs beating Chicago 2-1.

Indeed the first leg of the conference semi-finals saw some expected results. Now the higher seeds get the homefield advantage (except for LA who technically were already home for their first game). Just how big of a deal will games at Robertson Stadium, Crew Stadium and Toyota Park be for the other three clubs? Well for Chicago and Columbus they will need to be everything as those two have to find a way to win at home by a couple goals. For the Dynamo it should be a welcome thing as I kind of believe they have the biggest upper hand of any clubs going into the next leg of the series.

One thing we can bank on is no one is dead in the water yet. Away goals mean nothing in the MLS playoffs as it is all about total goals scored. The two western conference series are still way to close to call right now. In the east I would imagine we’ll see both RSL and New England head on the road with a very defensive look to them. I fully expect RSL to just bunker the hell out of the game this weekend in Columbus. Even as awful as they’ve been on the road that’s about all they can hope for against a very strong Crew team at home.

Does anyone believe RSL can knock off the champions? I know a few folks in Salt Lake that certainly think so. I’d imagine we’ll see more of Guillermo Barros Schelotto in the next game for Columbus, weird to think that he wasn’t even used for the game in Salt Lake. Same goes to Alejandro Moreno.

What did you think of the first weekend of the playoffs?

  • ku5

    I believe RSL can beat Columbus.

  • ku5

    I believe RSL can beat Columbus.

  • stude

    An RSL tie or victory wouldn't surprise me either, although I'd very much expect a tie over a victory.

  • stude

    An RSL tie or victory wouldn't surprise me either, although I'd very much expect a tie over a victory.