Yes in the next 48 hours every MLS team will play, and that means lots of matches to preview for you. Well the action kicks off on Friday night on ESPN2 and ends on Saturday night on Fox Soccer Channel, and this weekend will likely mean some teams have punched their playoff tickets, while others will have sealed their playoff coffins.
Proclaimed by MLS and ESPN2 as the "Match of the Year"
Chivas USA (7-13-4 25 points) at Philadelphia Union (6-12-6 24 points) - 2:00pm MT - Telefutura
Two teams desperately grasping to playoff dreams, but with the last playoff spot being held by San Jose and Seattle, both with 36 points, these two teams would need 11 and 12 points out of their final 6 matches just to catch up with the Quakes or Seattle's totals today. Yes these teams are out of the playoffs but battling to not be the bottom team in their division and both are still working on a formula that will carry them into the 2011 season.
Playoff Impact- Sorry guys you are both off my playoff radar and the Union winning this one 2-1 will do little to change that, but both of these teams could be major factors in 2011 as they have some great young talent, but both need to find on field leadership better than what they currently have.
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There was a point in the season that you simply would give this one to TFC, but after recent losses at home to the likes of DC United, you have to think the Quakes are going to come in and look for all 3 points in this one. Toronto had a Tuesday Champions League match in Mexico City and they pulled out a huge draw to keep their Group A hopes alive. San Jose got a late game winner from Chris Wondolowski 10 days ago in Philly and the time off has helped them get a few guys off the injured list.
Playoff Impact - Huge match, more for TFC who while I think are done for the season, but if they can get a win, then Toronto would close to within 2 points of San Jose (who have 2 matches in hand) and Seattle for the final playoff spot. I have a feeling this one ends up a 1-1 draw , but maybe DeRo can put the team on his shoulders again and keep the dream alive in Toronto
The Crew were once the class of the Eastern Conference, but two straight losses have them looking to regain some of their swagger as they head to New England to face a Revolution side that has needed their own MASH unit all season long. New England fought a war on Wednesday in Dallas, only to drop a rare road win in stoppage time, but they did manage to get their 5th road point of the year.
Playoff Impact - Big, Columbus is fighting to keep the top spot in the East from a charging Red Bulls side and a loss in this match would all but end the dreams of the Rev's fans. The Crew have to get out of their MLS funk of recent weeks and there is no better team to do it against, 2-1 Columbus.
Houston Dynamo (6-14-5 23 points) at D.C. United (5-17-3 18 points) - 5:30pm MT - Direct Kick
DC United almost pulled of a huge road result last weekend, but in the end they were unable to stop Landon Donovan who single handedly caused the 17th loss of the year for United. Houston thought they had a rare road win on Wednesday in KC, up two goals with 30 minutes to go. Then KC decided that they wanted to keep their playoff dreams alive and found a way to get 3 goals before the match ended and all but ended the playoff hopes of the Dynamos.
Playoff Impact - None, DC is out the math is done and while Houston has a prayer of a chance left, I simply don't see it happening, in fact they may not be able to find a way to recover from the Wednesday road loss in time for Saturday's match and I am going to pick DC United to get a 1-0 win in this one and that should crush any playoff talk in Houston.
This could be the best matchup of the weekend, both team are coming off stoppage time results on Wednesday. KC came from behind to get a blistering 4-3 win over Houston, and FCD found a way to get a late Cunningham goal in stoppage time to avoid their 3rd loss of the season. These are two teams playing well and with a mission right now and I will be setting my DVR to record this one.
Playoff Impact- Monsterous, FC Dallas is in the playoffs and are trying to make a serious run at both the top spot in the Western Conference, as well as the Supporters' Shield. A win for them would mean they stay within a few points of both. The Wizards were left for dead after a huge slump in the early part of the season but now they are just 3 points behind the teams in the last playoff spots, with two games in hand with Seattle.
Well what a different a couple months make for the Sounders, many of their fans had almost given up hope on the playoffs and now they find themselves in control of their own destiny. A huge win over the Columbus Crew last weekend sent a message that the Sounders want to make some noise. The Fire did another smoke and mirror move in their 1-0 loss to RSL, mistakes lead to a PK, mistakes left them a man down, and when you are taking a DP like Ljungberg off during a match well you are hanging it up and looking for a way out.
Playoff Impact - Monsterous, The Sounders are hearing the Wizards closing in on them, while the Fire still think they have a shot at making it. I have to believe that despite their midweek letdown in Mexico that the Sounders are well aware that their hold on a playoff spot is anything but secure, look for them to come out blazing on their way to a 2-0 victory over the Fire.
Playoff Impact - Huge, for the Rapids they have a chance to get to 40 points and stay ahead of the pack. The Rapids have a tough schedule with 2 matches with RSL, and they still will face LA and FC Dallas, they have to be hoping to have their spot secure before the return leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup as we know that RSL would love to knock them out of the playoffs on the final day of the season for a 3rd straight year.
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