MLS Playoff Race: Dynamo gains ground in Western Conference

The Houston Dynamo rallied for two goals in the second half and beat Sporting Kansas City, 2-1, opening up a three-point lead on San Jose and a four-point lead on Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas in the bid for the final two playoff berths in the Western Conference.
An own goal by Sporting Kansas City defender Erik Palmer-Brown put the Dynamo ahead in the 77th minute. Houston equalized on a goal by young Argentine Tomas Martinez in the 63rd minute.

MLS games during FIFA break:
Atlanta United 3 Minn. United 2

NY Red Bulls 3 Vancouver 0
Colorado 1 FC Dallas 1
Minn. United 1 Sporting KC 1
Houston 2 Sporting KC 1

Eastern Conference:
65 (32) *Toronto FC  19-5-8 71/35
56 (32) *NYCFC  16-8-8 53/39
53 (32) *Atlanta United 15-9-8  68/38
52 (32) *Chicago 15-10-7 58/42
50 (32) *Columbus 15-12-5 50/47
46 (32) *NY Red Bulls  13-12-7 51/46
39 (32) ^Montreal 11-15-6  50/54
39 (32) ^New England 11-15-6 48/58
39 (32) ^Philadelphia 10-13-9 42/43
39 (32) ^Orlando City  10-13-9 38/51
32 (32) ^D.C. United 9-18-5 30/54
*Clinched playoff berth.
^Eliminated from playoffs.

Western Conference:
51 (32) *Vancouver 15-11-6 48/46
48 (32) Sporting KC 12-8-12 39/27
47 (32) Portland 13-11-8 54/49
47 (32) Seattle 12-9-11 45/39
46 (32) Houston 12-10-10 54/45
43 (32) FC Dallas 10-9-13 43/43
42 (32) Real Salt Lake 12-14-6 47/53
42 (32) San Jose 12-13-6 35/57
36 (32) ^Minn. United 10-16-6 45/64
30 (32) ^Colorado 8-18-6 30/48
28 (32) ^LA Galaxy 7-17-8 41/62
*Clinched playoff berth.
^Eliminated from playoffs.
9 comments about "MLS Playoff Race: Dynamo gains ground in Western Conference".
  1. Andrew Kear, October 12, 2017 at 7:51 a.m.

    It is a kick in the groin for all of US soccer right from youth development to the national team. It looks as if the other countries in CONCAFE has benefited from the MLS just as much as the National Team.

    An English guy at work said it best, "it is America's destiny to suck at soccer". That is how it is and always will be. Spending large sums of money won't solve the problem. The USMNT has jumped back to 1980 where 50th rankings and losing to Canada and Honduras were common occurrences. Having one teenage star is not going to solve the problem. Wales has one great player and they will probably miss the world cup. We may have to accept the fact the US may not qualify in 2022. At this point I think US tennis is in better shape than US soccer. As for Gulati his is so incompetent it really does not matter anymore. If Gulati stays the US is still not going to the World Cup.

    It is over.

  2. frank schoon replied, October 12, 2017 at 11:44 a.m.

    Andrew, I agree that as long as we keep importing English coaches and trainers to develop our kids
    our destiny looks gloomy

  3. Alfred Randall, October 12, 2017 at 8:56 a.m.

    First a remark from an Englishman needs to be forgotten very quickly! The US destiny is not writen in stone someplace. It is written everyday at academies across this country of ours. It is written in MLS matches every weekend and also in the 2 and a half month college season. There are other places like the hispanic leagues that our footballing future is being prepared. Every single one of these resources are under our control in some way and should be fully adjusted for the betterment of our final product which should be world class football players.
    1. The university system should play full seasons under complete FIFA rules.
        (No more university paid trips to smoke filled rooms with a bunch of old men           changing rules before EVERY college season)
    2. MLS, USL should adopt the pro/rel system, NOW!
    3. The academies should be fully supported.
    4. No pay to play.
    5. Encourage former players to get some coaching education and pitch in to the overall      effort. (USSF has a good old boy system that should be dismantled completely)
    6. USSF (ussoccer) should be looked at under a microscope to identify the dead weight.

  4. beautiful game replied, October 12, 2017 at 10:24 a.m.

    Don't hold your breath on count 1&2...different soccer institutions in America have their own priorities; use of former players in coaching only succeeds if the player in question is skill oriented and the physicality is last on the priority list.

  5. Kris Spyrka, October 12, 2017 at 11:39 a.m.

    This might ruffle some feathers, but...  If Pulisic and the new kid at Schalke (McKennie) ever want to play in a World Cup as young adult men, they may want to consider settling down in Germany, finding a German wife and applying for citizenship there.  Given the current USMNT trajectory, given that Gulati and Arena have not resigned yet shows there is no intent to improve.  The rebuilding for '22 needed to start yesterday.

  6. Ray Lindenberg , October 12, 2017 at 1:18 p.m.

    The US didn't miss out on the World Cup because of a sub-par performance at T&T. That was just the final bullet in our journey of World Cup 'Russian' Roulette. It was a bad day, on a day that begged to have been an especially good, or at least even an average day -- since the US had played just mediocre, and oftentimes poorly enough over the previous 9 tilts to earn its predicament of not having the luxury of mailing in that stinker.

    Sometimes it's better to fail miserably than to just barely flop (or than to just barely succeed, for that matter) ... and I think this is a classic example of that. Who cares if the US narrowly escaped and made the World Cup with a B-level international squad, and limped along with hopes that they could 'upset' their way to an upper-notch World Cup performance in Putin’s playpen.

    Our feeble spot all along in the CONCACAF hexagonal standings pretty much solidified the fact that we were 'not ready for prime time players'. If we're gonna make it to that dance in Qatar in 202, I want us to go as Fred Astaire, and not as two-left-feet-Louie!

    We don't need to just become better over the next 4 years ... we need to become MUCH better, and stop convincing ourselves that just showing up guarantees a punched ticket to a World Cup, in this regional, relatively junior circuit that we're a part of.

    We need a whole new mindset, attitude and approach to our soccer-ing. We need to commit to playing and developing our own unique American brand of true, pure, fluid, space-creating, one-touch passing and weaving rich, simplified yet dynamic soccer (the kind that Rinus Michels imagined before the bottom fell out) -- and not this chop-chop kickball crap that the rest of the world satisfies itself with.

    Yes we can ... we have the developing talent ... the resources ... the resourcefulness ... and the stinging pain that commonly jumpstarts great results. We just need the verve and nerve – plus the committed and uncompromising coaches that understand that there is a better way forward as long as we don't become knock-off imitators of the gosh-awful, staccato kickballing habits of much of the rest of the world, and instead come up with our own home-grown brand and interpretation of the Jogo Bonito.

    We lost nothing against T&T unless we don't improve dramatically over the next 4 years. We lost if we don't learn and fortify our resolve to solve our imbroglio with greater imagination and inspiration; and stand taller than ever, going forward. The T&T experience can and should serve as the requisite TNT that we need to perennially rise to the top of the pack, like the US Women’s National Team did in its universe. Yes we can!

  7. Doug Broadie, October 12, 2017 at 2:37 p.m.

    And as long as we import English referees and overseers, we will not get skilled players.  The current referees like the smash and bang of English soccer and take all the skill out of the game.

  8. Joe Linzner, October 12, 2017 at 6:20 p.m.

    when I first came to the US, I was appalled they played football with an oval ball and actually used their feet so rarely!  Began playing in an ethnic league and only had to pay for my shoes and sox as an 11-year-old. Moved to the west coast as a 13-year old constituted a short hiatus and as I started high school, a recruiter came to our high school and again I played on a sort of ethnic team of generally European influence. Again, no cost to me other than transportation, we even had a shoe allowance as we were sponsored by a big soft drink corporation. Monday, Wednesday, Friday-practice...Sunday games.... Pay to play does limit development. A model, as I described, developed a youth league with 11 teams and level of play, was easily at a level with what is played today! It allowed all kids to play, poor, MC or Rich because the almighty chase for the Buck was left out of the game. Our Coach, Manager, Scout was a CPA who loved the game. He was constantly promoting, finding sponsors, arranging for fields and so on..... We even traveled to San Fransico, St Louis for youth championships, all with help from our sponsors. 

    There are ways other than the pay to play model! Of course, that was long before the game ever became mentioned even in a newspaper!  

  9. Right Winger, October 12, 2017 at 8:04 p.m.

    If US Soccer was a business it would be out of business. Although we have several rising stars the ROI is PITIFUL.  You have non profit ??? ORGANIZATions where a few are filling their pockets with money with very skimpy results no where equaling what has been invested.  It ain't getting better folks.

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