9. D.C. UNITED (8-7-12, 36 pts.)
Last week: Blew a 1-0 lead and numerous late chances while losing, 2-1, to San Jose. Also lost keeper Josh Wicks, who will be out at least a month, ergo, the rest of the regular season, with a dislocated shoulder and MCL sprain.
Outlook: Shaky, as per this quote from Coach Tom Soehn, "I've got to go back and evaluate whether I had the right blend of guys on the field." (Thanks to the Washington Post Soccer Insider.) United needs spirit and consistency, starting Wednesday against San Juan Jabloteh in the Concacaf Champions' League.
Games (3): Chivas USA, Columbus, @ Kansas City.
10. TORONTO FC (9-10-8, 35 pts.)
Last week: Nearly grabbed three points in Chicago, but after taking a 2-1 lead with a Chad Barrett goal, TFC lost the mark on Brian McBride and keeper Stefan Frei failed to collect a playable cross that produced a tying (2-2) goal.
Outlook: Despite rapid support at BMO Field, TFC has lost three games at home this year. Nothing less than wins in its last two will suffice and it might need a result at Giants Stadium on the final day as well.
Games (3): San Jose, Real Salt Lake, @ New York,
11. REAL SALT LAKE (9-11-7, 34 pts.)
Last week: RSL conceded two goals in the first 10 minutes and lost (3-0) for the seventh time in seven visits to Dallas. The week before it fell behind, 2-0, to Houston, but got two goals before losing, 3-2.
Outlook: "I think they tend to feel sorry for themselves and weren't willing to show some fight." So spoke Coach Jason Kreis, whose team has no more margin for error.
Games (3): New York, @ Toronto, Colorado.
12. FC DALLAS (8-12-6, 30 pts.)
Last week: Jumped on top of RSL with two goals in the first 10 minutes and won going away, 3-0.
Outlook: This madness has to end sometime but don't tell the Stripes, who have scored 22 goals in their last eight games after netting the same number in the previous 18 matches, and lead the league with 44. Jeff Cunningham has tied Colorado's Conor Casey atop the goalscoring chart with 15.
Games (4): New England, @ San Jose, Colorado, @ Seattle.
13. KANSAS CITY (8-11-7, 31 pts.)
Last week: One point and no goals at home against Colorado has the Wizards experiencing a Talking Heads moment, as in, "How did we get here?" just one point better than Dallas.
Outlook: The good news is two home games to finish the season, the bad news is after road games at Houston and Home Depot Center, the Wizards may already be out of it unless they win both away tussles.
Games (4): @ Houston, @ Chivas USA, Seattle, D.C. United.
14. SAN JOSE (6-12-7, 25 pts.)
Last week: Trailed 1-0 at RFK, equalized with a great Ramon Sanchez free kick, and stole a 2-1 win when Ryan Johnson headed home the rebound of a deflected shot that hit the crossbar.
Outlook: A strong finish can build momentum for next year, but team still needs two wins just to match last year's total of eight, and that wasn't a great season by any means.
Games (5): New York, FC Dallas, @ Toronto, @ Chivas USA, @ Los Angeles.
15. New York (4-17-6) is eliminated.