2013 MLS Season, Week 30: What We Learned

2013 MLS Season, Week 30: What We Learned

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 23, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 30, Features


New York celebrated moving to the top of the standings. (Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports)

New York celebrated moving to the top of the standings. (Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY Sports)

Another week down and yet again another new team is on top of the Major League Soccer standings this morning.

1. New York rises to the top. It certainly wasn’t the prettiest of ways to see a team climb the standings but I’m sure no one in New York is complaining this morning when they see the standings with the Red Bulls on top. New York was gifted three points on Sunday afternoon by FC Dallas midfielder Erick, whose own goal in the 77th minute was all that New York needed to win the game.

While Seattle was the first club this season to reach the 50 point mark, it was New York that became the first club to most past the 50 point mark. New York only has four games left on the regular season, while Seattle has six. In other words, if the Red Bulls want their first trophy, they’ll need to continue winning and then get some much needed help.

New York has played well as of late, winning now their last four matches. A lot will come down to health with that team though, if the back four can stay fit along with Dax McCarty, Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, then this group has a fighting chance to make some serious noise this fall. 

2. But in the East anything goes. Seriously, keeping up with the Eastern Conference these days is tough work. Case and point with the Columbus Crew, a team that looked dead in the water a few weeks ago now has new life in them yet again after another big win at home this past weekend. Brian Bliss’ group are now a couple points outside of the red line but they’ll need help from other teams as they’re behind the eight-ball in the games played department. After this weekend, the Crew will only have three left so every game matters from here on out.

Elsewhere, you have the New England Revolution moving back into the playoff mix along with the Houston Dynamo. Both clubs scored big wins over the weekend to keep their playoff hopes alive for another week.

Then you have Montreal, a team that looked to be in the Shield chase a few weeks ago, now has lost yet another game at home. They’re still five points clear of the 5th place team right now but should they continue to drop games, you can bet that they’ll be facing a situation on the last week of the season where they need a win to get into the playoffs.

3. Vancouver and San Jose make statements. How about the Whitecaps and Earthquakes this weekend? Vancouver went to Montreal and scored a big result while the Quakes downed RSL on the road. Both were shocking results to say the least considering the fact that neither one of those two clubs really have looked like playoff teams in recent weeks.

Now both sit four points shy of a playoff spot with just a few weeks left in the season. San Jose still has some CCL work to do, which could complicate things. Not to mention the October international window that will cause problems with their roster.

All I can say about the race in the West is that it is far from over now that these two have put themselves back in the hunt.