10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 17 of the 2017 season

This is a fun team to watch – and fans are beginning to respond. Attendance is ticking up for the first time this season, and the atmosphere at TCF Bank Stadium is rapidly improving.

The Loons are off the bottom of the table, and still in the hunt as July approaches.

9. Hats Off To Fair Play

A rather extraordinary scene unfolded on Saturday night in Chester, when the Philadelphia Union’s Harris Medunjanin convinced referee Sorin Stoica to rescind the red card he had just shown DC United’s Luciano Acosta.

Stoica had shown Acosta the red card for appearing to kick Medunjanin as he lay on the ground after being fouled by the DC playmaker, but Medunjanin told the referee that he hadn’t been kicked.

“I’m always honest,” Medunjanin said after the game. “I try to win and I don’t want to win with a dirty play or something like this. For me, it’s important that we won and we played a fair game.”

A similar sequence played itself out earlier in the year, when Seattle’s Jordan Morris told referee Ricardo Salazar that he’d taken the last touch after Salazar had mistakenly given the Sounders a corner in a game against San Jose.

Morris earned a heartfelt Facebook-post from Salazar after that episode, while DC manager Ben Olsen, amongst others, after Saturday’s game, praised Medunjanin after Saturday’s game. Chivalry, it would appear, is not dead in MLS.

10. Updated Playoff Picks

We’ve hit the halfway point of the season, with the Gold Cup break looming after the July 4th holiday, and teams are beginning to separate themselves. Here are updated playoff picks for each conference.

Western Conference: Sporting Kansas City, Dallas, Houston, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver

Eastern Conference: Toronto, Chicago, New York City FC, Atlanta, Orlando, Columbus

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