Tom Soehn at D.C. United is under the "three and out" watch, and a large segment of United's strident fans anticipate this would be his Waterloo. United is third in the Eastern Conference with a 6-4-10 record.
It blew a 2-0 lead and tied 2-2 in San Jose July 25, failed to beat Salvadoran club Luis Angel Firpo at home in the Concacaf Champions League a week ago, and conceded three goals in three minutes en route to a 4-3 loss in Houston Saturday.
D.C. faces a tough test against Firpo Tuesday in the away leg and with Soehn at the helm has yet to win a CCL match in seven attempts.
Jason Kreis is a third-year man, and though RSL improved last year, in 2009 it seems stuck in that same continuum as Kansas City: unable to progress further.
RSL is 6-8-5 this year as compared to 10-10-10 in 2008, in which it reached the playoffs for the first time.
Denis Hamlett (Chicago) and Preki (Chivas USA) are the other two coaches in season three.
Chicago (8-3-8) is second in the East and fielding a team certainly capable of winning the franchise's first title since it won the championship in its expansion season (1998).
Chivas (8-6-3) has slid off the top of the Western Conference and is tied for fourth, but with only 17 games played has time and opportunity to make up ground.