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About last night & current playoff situe

After the rest of the Eastern Conference playoff contenders choked on their mediocrity yesterday, the Philadelphia Union can return to the top of the pops with a win over Chivas USA tonight.

No pressure.

It would be easy to say that the Red Bulls needed a late bit of wonderskill from Thierry Henry to tie Toronto because the Red Bulls suck. And if you see me on the street, I’d be glad to say that. But the truth is, Toronto can get into a rhythm and play some real footy these days, and anyone that forgets it (say, on October 15 perhaps) could pay a big price.

Meanwhile, Houston and Chicago were putting on an epic display of mediocrity. Collin Clark put the Dynamo ahead but Dom Oduro struck right back to split the points.

In San Jose, the Earthquakes nearly did the Union an enormous favor when they punched above their weight and went ahead of Kansas City in the 85th minute. Unfortunately, San Jose immediately turned off and allowed the tying goal off the flippin’ kickoff!

What does it all mean? The Union are even with Houston and two points behind Sporting KC with two games in hand on each. A win against Chivas would put the Union in first place and move them five or six points ahead of the final wild card spot (dependent on the outcome of today’s DC/Columbus match). A DC win today would leave NYRB adrift of the playoffs.

PSP previews today’s match here. Remember to double-check that your normal soccer hotspot will have the game on tonight since baseball playoffs are in full swing.

2 Comments

  1. Josh T. of Kensington says:

    We need ongoing updates. I don’t want to do the work to look at DC’s, Houston’s, KC’s, and Columbus schedule. We are a long way from locked, and where we land matters a lot. The wildcard teams have an extra game. We have three games left, most teams have two, NYRB have three.

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