More of a dicer than a grinder in store for you all today.
The playoff picture's about as clear as you can ask for this time of year. The bottom three in the East are toast as far as I'm concerned, so it's seven fighting for five. One would think D.C.'s form has bottomed out, but those games in hand are long gone too and the Impact are in much better form. See last week's 3-0.
Out West FC Dallas is basically playing boogie monster as the sixth team trying to become the fifth. Letting that club into the playoffs is just an awful idea. Any form and health Dallas can get its hands on is sure to keep the conference sleep deprived. Rightfully so.
Two points missed, two men back
Dallas did blow a real chance at three points at home against Seattle. The Sounders were ripe for the picking after a midweek match in Trindad. The ultimate 1-1 was probably fair, but this match will be remebered for Steve Zakuani's first start since this. Don't look if you're of weak stomach.
Blas Perez returned and scored, too.
Columbus for six
Further evidence that MLS does not need relegation. Turns out North America has six-pointers too and they're pretty cool. Three goals in twenty minutes isn't too bad of a bang for your buck. Unless it's a Canadian buck, specifically from Montreal, and you only scored one of the game's three goals.
Anyway, it's always kind of neat to see the MLS old guard get its business back together while the best expansion team since Bob Bradley's Chicago Fire puts together a D.C.-shaming playoff push.
Whoa, another six-pointer
Case, point. The Fire put three past the Dynamo to jump into the driver's seat of avoiding the wildcard play-in. Chicago has a game in hand and Houston looked ragged. You have to excuse the Dynamo, though, CONCACAF Champions League play has taken its toll. Houston hasn't not played a midweek since the beginning of August. Even that was a home-and-away set with the Red Bulls. A return to MLS play in the friendly confines of BBVA Compass Stadium can't hurt, but Real Salt Lake can. It's hard not to see this team limping into October.
Wanted: DC's form
Well, not the current stuff. The pre-All-Star break goods. Since MLS conquered Europe Ben Olsen's team is 2-5-3. That's nine points from 10 games. Not awful, and neither is losing 1-0 to Real Salt Lake, but the rest of the conference has shown little mercy. Fact is, United's running out of games. The remaining schedule is pretty soft and Olsen's team does get a home six-pointer vs. the Crew for the second-to-last game of its season. But if D.C doesn't do some serious fixing in these two weeks off, it will be out of the playoff race by then.
"We are the champions, remember?"
I really think the L.A. Galaxy will win MLS Cup. Another day, another result. Injuries, whatever. CCL play, meh. Like a true Bruce Arena team, his players are simply getting it done as autumn nears. Vancouver's a fine team, albeit one riddled with injuries. Still, L.A. did the job at home without Donovan, 2-0.
I don't like to toot my own horn. I don't like people that toot their own horns - too much - but I'm not even right, or wrong, on this one.
- Jacob Klinger