Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Wizards' win keeps them in the hunt
by Ridge Mahoney, September 21st, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS PLAYOFF WATCH] The one-two teams in both conferences stayed where they were, with the respective leaders, the Crew and Dynamo, both on top with 43 points. Columbus (11-4-10) rallied for a 2-2 tie away to Chicago (10-6-10) to maintain a three-point lead over the Fire, and Houston (12-8-7) prevailed at home, 3-2, against Real Salt Lake to stay two points ahead of Los Angeles (10-5-11), which beat Toronto, 2-0. Here is our weekly rankings of the wild-card teams chasing the four spots behind the first and second teams in each conference, which qualify automatically for the playoffs.

They are listed not necessarily in order of points, but rather their chances of a playoff spot.

4. Colorado (10-8-7, 37 points).
A desperation last-minute penalty kick earned a point in San Jose; a win Wednesday in the return match would put the Rapids at 40 points and within touching distance of a playoff spot.
Schedule (5 games remaining): San Jose, @ Kansas City, New England, @ Dallas, @ Real Salt Lake.

5. Chivas USA (11-9-4, 36 pts.)
Getting a goalless tie in Seattle puts a small dent in the Sounders' chances and boosts Chivas USA with home games coming up, though the season may hinge on a visit to RFK in two weeks.
Schedule (6): New York, @ D.C. United, Kansas City, San Jose, @ Chicago, Houston.

6. New England (9-8-7, 34 pts.)
A win, rather than a 1-1 tie, in Giants Stadium would have pushed the Revs higher on this list, now they, too, must do the business at home.
Schedule (6): Seattle, @ Dallas, @ Colorado, Columbus, Chicago, @ Columbus.

7. Seattle (9-6-11, 38 pts.)
The wild-card team with the most points is in a precarious position after tying its penultimate home game, 0-0, with Chivas USA. Three roadies are on tap.
Schedule (4): @ New England, @ Columbus, @ Kansas City, Dallas.

8. D.C. United (8-6-12, 34 pts.)
Sat out the weekend after a nice victory in the Conacaf Champions' League and gets back into league play with a very winnable game Sunday.
Schedule (4): San Jose, Chivas USA, Columbus, @ Kansas City.

-------------

9. Toronto FC (9-10-7, 34 pts.)
Unveiled Julian De Guzman at Home Depot Center yet was outclassed by Landon Donovan and David Beckham. Must win both remaining home games and get something on the road to have a real chance.
Schedule (4): @ Chicago, San Jose, Real Salt Lake, @ New York.

10. Real Salt Lake (9-10-7, 34 pts.)
If RSL gives the same effort in Dallas and Toronto as it did in Houston while losing, 3-2, it can sneak into the playoffs. That's assuming wins at home, however.
Schedule (4): @ Dallas, New York, @ Toronto, Colorado.

11. Kansas City (8-11-6, 30 pts.)
Knocked Dallas to the brink of elimination and preserved its slim hopes with a 3-2 home win but needs to be tighter this weekend when the Rapids come to town.
Schedule (5): Colorado, @ Houston, @ Chivas USA, Seattle, D.C. United.

12. FC Dallas (7-12-6, 27 pts.)
Rallying on the road from a one-goal deficit to take the lead, then blowing that lead and the game, 3-2, kind of sums up the whole season.
Schedule: Real Salt Lake, New England, @ San Jose, Colorado, @ Seattle.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: IRS crime chief Richard Weber    
"I don't think there was ever a decision or a declaration that we would go after ...
What They're Saying: Tab Ramos    
"We didn't play how we wanted to play, that's for sure. We found in front of ...
Under-20 World Cup: Results & Schedule    
Panama rallied to tie perennial U-20 power Argentina, 2-2, in the opening game in Group B. ...
MLS: This weekend ...    
Sporting Kansas City's 4-0 win over FC Dallas moved it into a tie for second place ...
Video Pick: George Evans starts Man City's U.S. tour in style    
Manchester City's 20-year-old academy product George Evans spent all of the past two years on loan ...
Video Pick: Brilliant soccer tennis at French Open    
The French Open crowd erupted in cheers when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Dudi Sela started using their ...
U.S. U-23s down the Dutch, 3-1     
The USA bounced back from its 3-1 opening loss against France at the Festival International Espoirs ...
ICYMI | MLS: Orlando City will expand new downtown stadium    
Orlando City will increase capacity in the new stadium, initially expected to hold 19,000 fans, to ...
FIFA: Blatter survives, easily winning election to fifth term    
Embattled Sepp Blatter won election for a fifth four-year term as FIFA president, defeating his sole ...
What They're Saying: Kuwait's Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah    
"While I am very happy to be in Congress, it is not as quiet as we ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives