MLS Week 24 Thoughts and Notes

MLS Week 24 Thoughts and Notes

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 13, 2010
  • 2010 Week 24, MLS Weekend Recaps

Stefan Frei and Toronto FC are running out of gas and time. (Getty Images)

It appears that the closer we get to the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs the more the top eight in the league are breaking away from the rest of the pack. As of today LA is¬†mathematically “in” while Columbus, Dallas, RSL and NY are all just points behind joining the Galaxy in the post season dance.

So that just leaves three spots. Colorado, Seattle and San Jose currently have those three spots and look like they aren’t going to give them up anytime soon. Currently the tie for seventh place between Seattle and San Jose is five points ahead of the next team in line Toronto FC. Kansas City and Chicago aren’t far behind TFC while teams like Chivas USA keep a very slim hope of getting in this year alive.

Galaxy Get Their Mojo Back

I thought a week ago after the Galaxy got a late Omar Gonzalez goal to tie the Chicago  Fire at Toyota Park would be a huge lift. Boy I was even underestimating that lift. The Galaxy poured on three goals against the east leading Columbus Crew Saturday night and really never looked like once giving up that lead.

Edson Buddle finally added to his season leading tally and put even more distance between himself and the rest of the pack. As new WVH writer Chris Thomas talked about yesterday evening it midfield duo of Dema Kovaenko and Juninho is working off very well right now for the Galaxy.

Oh and some guy named David Beckham returned to action this weekend. Hey, with their schedule and the way they played against the Crew its very possible we could see the Galaxy return to that early season form that dominated everyone else. Should they win out the rest of their games they could sit at 65 points on the season, not a bad year at all.

TFC Fading

Right now the Reds won’t be in the post season dance for the forth straight year. A couple months ago they looked all but in but now the club just can’t seem to catch a break. Losing 1-0 to a team like D.C. United at home has to raise questions for everyone in charge.

Since the MLS All-Star break TFC has the fewest points per game average of anyone in the league, even worse than clubs like D.C., Philadelphia and Houston.

Preki cited fatigue for the loss to D.C. and the tight schedule they have right now isn’t helping anything out. Toronto has just two wins in their last 14 games in all competitions. I’d imagine if Preki isn’t on the hot seat this winter with Toronto fans that Mo Johnston will most certainly be, if he isn’t already by nearly all of them.

Dallas Continues Impressive Streak

Getting points on FC Dallas isn’t easy but when they’re on the road it seems like all you can expect these days is a draw. Even with injury issues and concerns over lack of scoring Schellas Hyndman’s team continues to get results even if its just a point here and a point there. They’re 3-1-8 on the road in 2010, just the fact that they’ve only lost once this season away from Frisco is impressive in it’s self.

The club is doing it right with their chemistry. Its a tight bunch that just seems to work very well together. And while the scoring isn’t there all the time things could be looking up as academy star Ruben Luna is starting to get more and more playing time each week. After seeing this kid play over the last couple years its going only be a matter of time before he starts lighting up the nets in MLS play. Right now he’s the spark Dallas needs off the bench to put teams away.

Schedule Slows KC Down

The Wizards were suppose to host the Houston Dynamo this weekend but due to their current stadium situation where they share a facility with a minor league baseball team the game had to be moved. The baseball team made the playoffs and well that happened to be taking place this past weekend.

Now the Wizards have a bit of an issue, they’ll have three games in a matter of seven days starting this Sunday at Chivas USA then home on Wednesday to host Houston and home Saturday against FC Dallas. Now Peter Vermes team has been solid lately with 11 points since the All-Star break but this bit of a road block may be tough to overcome.

One has to wonder had the baseball team that they share a stadium with not made the playoffs and the Houston game was played as originally schedule where the Wizards would be in the standings today, likely ninth place and only three points out of a playoff spot.