It’s crunch time in MLS. Teams high up the table struggle. The west tightens up. A battle for sixth in the east has begun. let’s take a look back. This week around MLS, week 22.
Eastern Confernece games:
D.C. United 1Toronto FC 1
DC United’s place after week 22: 11th in east.
Toronto FC’s place after week 22: 1st in east.
Montreal Impact 2Orlando City SC 1
Montreal Impact’s place after week 22: 9th in the east.
Orlando City’s place after week 22: 7th in east.
Chicago Fire 4New England Revolution 1
Chicago Fire’s place after week 22: 2nd in east.
New England Revolution place after week 22: 10th in east.
New York City FC 3New York Red Bulls 2
New York City FC’s place after week 22: 3rd in east.
New York Red Bull’s place after week 22: 4th in east.
Western Confernece games:
Minnesota United FC 0Seattle Sounders FC 4
Minnesota United’s place after week 22: 10th in west.
Seattle Sounders place after week 22: 4th in the west.
Colorado Rapids 2Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
Colorado Rapids place after week 22: 11th in west.
Vancouver Rapids place after week 22: 7th in west.
Real Salt Lake 0Houston Dynamo 0
Real Salt Lake’s place after week 22: 8th in west.
Houston Dynamo’s place after week 22: 2nd in west.
Portland Timbers place after week 22: 5th in west.
LA Galaxy’s place after week 22: 9th in west.
Philadelphia Union 3FC Dallas 1
Philadelphia Union’s place after week 22: 8th in east.
FC Dallas place after week 22: 3rd in west.
San Jose Earthquakes 2Columbus Crew SC 1
San Jose Earthquakes’ place after week 22: 6th in the west.
Columbus Crew place after week 22: 6th in the east.
Sporting Kansas City 1Atlanta United FC 1
Sporting Kansas City’s place after week 22: 1st in west.
Atlanta United’s place after week 22: 5th in east.
Now let’s have a look at the standings and scenarios of each conference:
Eastern Conference standings:
|New York City FC||40||1.74||23||12||7||4|
|New York Red Bulls||35||1.59||22||11||9||2|
|Atlanta United FC||35||1.59||22||10||7||5|
|Columbus Crew SC||32||1.33||24||10||12||2|
|Orlando City SC||30||1.3||23||8||9||6|
|New England Revolution||26||1.18||22||7||10||5|
Eastern Confernece scenarios:
The east had a bit of a shake up in week 22. Toronto FC could only draw bottom dwellers DC United. Chicago fire beat New England to pull three points behind the leaders. Montreal got three huge points at home vs Orlando. Philadelphia found a commanding win against west favorites FC Dallas. Columbus fell flat on their road trip to San Jose. The New York derby produced fireworks; it ended David Villa 3, Bradley Wright-Phillips 2. Atlanta found a late point on the road at the first place team in the west, Sporting Kansas City.
There is now a race for the last three playoff spots in the east. Teams four through 10 are all still alive in this race. Spots four-eight are separated by six points or less. The same goes for teams six-10. The east is heating up, the only safe teams seem to be Toronto, Chicago and NYCFC at the top. DC United are the only team not close to the race for a playoff spot.
Western Conference standings:
|Sporting Kansas City||37||1.61||23||9||4||10|
|Seattle Sounders FC||34||1.48||23||9||7||7|
|San Jose Earthquakes||32||1.39||23||9||9||5|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||31||1.48||21||9||8||4|
|Real Salt Lake||26||1.08||24||7||12||5|
|Minnesota United FC||22||0.96||23||6||13||4|
Western Conference scenarios:
The west is becoming tighter and tighter after week 22. Seattle welcomed Minnesota to town and thrashed them. Colorado drew Vancouver; as did, Houston and Real Salt Lake. Dallas fell for the second straight week. San Jose put on a good show in their win vs Columbus. Portland showed their supremacy over LA. Sporting Kansas City lost the chance to distance themselves for everyone in the west by drawing Atlanta.
This year’s west looks like last year’s east. Teams one through seven are only separated by six points. It seems that there will be a lot of movement before the playoffs. With seven teams going after six spots there will be one odd man out. Right now teams one-seven are in striking distance of glory, and defeat. Sporting Kansas City have a three point lead on everyone competing. Houston, Dallas, Seattle and Portland are all three points behind SKC. RSL, LA, Minnesota and Colorado all seem to be out of the running for the playoffs this season.
As always, here are the goals, saves and team of the week:
Goals of the week:
Make your #ATTGotW picks.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 8, 2017
Saves of the week:
Some big stops, but which one was the Save of the Week?
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 8, 2017
Team of the week:
Bench: Sean Johnson (NYC)-Alvas Powell (POR)-Chad Marshall (SEA)-Cristian Roldan (SEA)-Sacha Kljestan (NY)-Bradley Wright-Phillips (NY)-Marco Ureña (SJ)
Here’s a look at the week 23 fixtures:
Saturday, August 12th:
Seattle vs Kansas City
Toronto vs Portland
DC vs Salt Lake
Columbus vs Chicago
NY Red Bulls vs Orlando
Dallas vs Colorado
New England vs Vancouver
Philadelphia vs Montreal
Houston vs San Jose
LA vs NYCFC.
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