Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Kansas City goes top of -- and Chicago joins -- Eastern logjam
by Ridge Mahoney, September 29th, 2011 2:08AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS PLAYOFF WATCH] Two teams posted vital wins in MLS action Wednesday: Chicago stunned RSL, 3-0, to keep alive its flickering playoff hopes and Sporting Kansas City jumped atop the crowded Eastern Conference by beating Columbus, 2-1.

Telling the Chicago Fire that the MLS playoff guest list is closed will do no good; it's crashing the party anyway.

Chicago exploited the sending-off of RSL captain Kyle Beckerman to win for the fifth time in the last six games, and moved to within three points of a playoff spot via the emphatic 3-0 victory.

With the spotlight on returning RSL playmaker Javier Morales, out since May with a broken ankle, Fire midfielder Marco Pappa hit a hat trick to break a personal scoring drought that extended to last June, the same month that the Fire also last won a road game. Pappa scored in the ninth, 36th, and 75th minutes to increase his season total to eight goals and reverse a barren run against RSL: he’d failed to score in five previous league meetings.

Beckerman went off in the 11th minute for apparently head-butting midfield Daniel Paladini, who had apparently shoved him moments earlier. Four minutes later, RSL head coach Jason Kreis brought in a recent signing from USL PRO, Yordany Alvarez, to replace teenager Luis Gil in midfield, but the move didn’t enable the home team to gain much traction in the center of the park.

As for the humbled home team, it has lost the last two games by combined scores of 7-1 and won’t have Beckerman when it plays the Galaxy at Home Depot Center Saturday. Morales replaced Chris Wingert in the 60th minute and he looked reasonably fit for having sat out four months. His status for the Galaxy game won’t be known until Friday.

CREW CRUMBLES.
In the other league match played Wednesday, Sporting Kansas City leap-frogged Eastern Conference leader Houston by beating Columbus, 2-1, at Livestrong Sporting Park. (The Fire plays at Houston on Saturday.)

SKC, notorious for blowing leads this season, went up 1-0 in the 15th minute with a Kei Kamara penalty kick whistled for a debatable foul by Chad Marshall on C.J. Sapong, and true to form, conceded an equalizer by Emilio Renteria in the 34th minute. But this time, SKC got some reward – albeit with considerable luck – for its endeavor with a long Matt Besler throw-in into the opposing goalmouth that Columbus defender Julius James headed over his keeper, Will Hesmer, and into the net.

With yet another critical Eastern Conference match scheduled for Thursday, when Philadelphia hosts D.C. United, here’s how the playoff race looks:

Eastern Conference automatic qualifiers (3):
E1 -- Sporting Kansas City (11-9-11, 44 pts.); E2 – Houston (10-9-12, 42 pts.); E3 – Columbus (11-12-8, 41 pts.).
All three teams have three more games to play.

Western Conference automatics (3):
W1 – Los Angeles (17-3-10, 61 pts.); W2 – Seattle (15-6-9, 54 pts.): W3 – Real Salt Lake (15-9-6, 51 pts.)
All three teams have four games left to play.

Wild Cards (4):
WC7 – FC Dallas (13-10-7, 46 pts.); WC8 – Colorado (10-9-12, 42 pts.); WC9 – Philadelphia (9-7-13, 40 pts.); WC10 – New York (8-7-15, 39 pts.).
Games remaining: FCD 4, Colorado 3, Philadelphia 5, New York 4.

Chasers:
11 – D.C. United (9-8-11, 38 pts.); 12 – Portland (10-13-7, 37 pts.); 13 – Chicago (7-8-15, 36 pts.); 14 – Chivas USA (8-12-11, 35 pts.).
Games remaining: D.C. United 6, Portland 4, Chicago 4, Chivas USA 3.

Do the math:
15 – San Jose (6-11-13, 31 pts.); 16 – Toronto FC (6-13-12, 30 pts.); 17 -- New England (5-13-12, 27 pts.); 18 – Vancouver (4-15-10, 22 pts.). Games remaining: San Jose 4, Toronto FC 3, New England 4, Vancouver 5.



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Canada names team for October friendlies in Africa    
Canada named a 23-player squad that includes eight MLS players and three NASL players for upcoming ...
Under-17 Women's World Cup: Results & Schedule    
Spain's Lorena Navarro scored five goals to lead Spain to a 6-0 win over host Jordan ...
What They're Saying: Arsene Wenger    
"One day, if I'm free, why not?" -- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Friday saying he ...
What They're Saying: Sam Allardyce    
"Well done! Our journey has begun with our first win together. Looking forward to seeing you ...
This week in men's college soccer    
Albert Ruiz broke a 43-year-old NCAA record for the fastest hat trick to start a game ...
USL Playoffs: Red Bulls II take best record into postseason    
Overall points leader Red Bulls II heads the USL's Eastern Conference playoff field for first-round, sinlge-elimination ...
USMNT: Seven uncapped players who might get call-ups    
Jurgen Klinsmann's only chance to look at new talent before the Hexagonal starts Nov. 11 is ...
USL Playoffs: Sac Republic FC seeks to reclaim crown    
Two Western Conference games kick off the USL playoffs on Friday in the single-elimination tournament that ...
MLS Countdown: Lots on the line for Rapids and Timbers    
The second meeting of the season between Colorado and Portland comes nearly three months after a ...
NWSL Playoffs: Thorns and Spirit open at home    
For the Portland Thorns and Washington Spirit, this weekend's semifinals will mark the first time they've ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives