Sure there's about 10 games left per team, but based on PPG if the playoffs started today and the higher seed WC teams win the play-in games:
(E3) DC United
(W1) Flying Beckonovans
If that's the final playoff field, the fourth place West team will once again have an easier road to the MLS Cup:
In this scenario, RSL's would host a mediocre Chivas squad and punchless Columbus, then managing the away leg in Ohio. Follow that with a challenging but winnable road game against playoff rookies in Philly or maybe D.C.
Compare that with the West battle royale of home/away legs between four very strong and playoff-tested teams (L.A., Colorado, Dallas, Seattle) with a potentially epic conference championship. Yikes. I wonder if betus.com would consider a bet for Salt Lake to be Eastern Conference champions?
Of course, once the Sounders bring in Tagoe, Forlan, Xavi and Dani Alves this afternoon the playoffs will be a mere formality.