This is the updated table after the weekend action:
A week later, and though the table has tightened a little, the same eight teams as last week are still on track for the playoffs. As it stands now, the playoffs would be:
|Columbus vs Colorado|
|Chicago vs New England|
|Los Angeles vs Chivas|
|Houston vs. Seattle|
Some random thoughts –
Do you want a single table for the MLS? Well, you got it. Given the new playoff format, at this stage of the season we essentially have a single table. Results now have little to do with what conference you are in. The wild card is blind to conference, and it those four wild card slots are race that matters at this point. In fact, although unlikely, there is an outside chance that all four wild card spots could go to teams in the west.
Bad week for New England – Games in hand are only useful if you win them, and the Revs only managed to get one point out of their possible six this week. They still have a game in hand, but they better win it if they want to make themselves safe, and their run-in is murder – two games against Columbus and one against Chicago. Speaking of which…
Chicago is staggering up to the finish line. They have not won a game since August 23, and with their final two games against New England and Chivas, there are no gimmees in the schedule. If they lose both, it is possible they could find themselves on the outside looking in.
Chivas helped themselves a ton by beating DC United. They will host Kansas City on Saturday in a do-or-die game for KC, and Chivas will be without Jonathan Bornstein who will be in Honduras with the USMNT. After that, they have three games in nine days to end their season which includes that trip to Chicago.
The Sounders are in a great position. Their win against Columbus was a godsend for them, and they now have one of the smoother finishes – away to KC and home to Dallas.
Don’t bet against Toronto. They have nine potential points in their three remaining games out there, and San Jose, Salt Lake and New York could very well give it to them. Those first two games are at home, and the BMO should be rocking to try to thrust their team into the playoffs for the first time.