- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 7, 2013
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- 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Week 32, Features
There are just a few weeks left to go in the regular season. Nine playoff spots are still up for grabs as New York was the first to clinch a spot in the post season over the weekend.
1. Statement wins by Colorado and LA. If there was ever a time to get three big points it was this weekend. For LA and Colorado, they didn’t just get three points on the weekend but they blew out their competition. LA downed rivals Chivas USA on Sunday 5-0 while Colorado put up the big numbers on Saturday night against one of the leagues’ top teams in Seattle, 5-1.
The Rapids’ statement win though was bigger than LA’s. Can we really count a big win over Chivas USA these days? No, not really. Hosting a team like the Sounders and beating them that soundly is impressive to say the least. Colorado didn’t just run up the score late in the game but dominated early with their young rookies Deshorn Brown and Dillon Powers. Seattle struggled to get any sort of footing in this game too as the Rapids made sure they controlled the possession and made it count when they were in their offensive half of the field.
Colorado is quickly becoming a team that I would not want to face late in the season, much less in the playoffs.
2. What does it mean for Seattle? I told you all on Friday that the games-in-hand can be a tricky thing. Seattle may have the upper hand in that department with four games left but even a good team like Seattle can’t show that much weakness in one game. I had asked a few weeks ago if the Sounders had peaked too soon here this season and Saturday’s result may have answered that.
3. Kudos for Landon. I have to say, I’m happy to see Landon Donovan tie Jeff Cunningham for the league’s all-time scoring mark. Due to international call-ups, he may not pass it this season but we know he’ll do so before long. The big question will be if he puts the record out of reach.
Speaking of those call-ups. You have to wonder what his mark would be at right now had he not had to miss so many games for international duty. I’ll leave that debate to other folks though.
4. New York punches ticket, but can they still win the Shield? Time is running out on the Supporters’ Shield race this season. New York may be in the playoffs with 53 points, but with just two games to go, earning a draw on Saturday to New England certainly didn’t help their Shield race. Teams like Seattle, Salt Lake, and even Portland have a better shot right now at the Shield than the Red Bulls do.
The Red Bulls need to win out to get to 59 points and get some help elsewhere too. Luckily for them, Seattle and Portland will play one another and Salt Lake is a point back with two games to go as well. But don’t sleep on Sporting Kansas City here either. While Sporting has games in Philadelphia and Houston, SKC has shown this season that they can win just about anywhere (7-5-3 away from home this season). Plus their remaining home game is against D.C. United.