In the quest for trophies a few things became clear this weekend.
The Galaxy will make the Playoffs. Chivas USA, while sucking in league play have a chance at semifinals in the Open Cup and SuperLiga which has got to make them smile at least a bit.
The League has one great team, a few good ones, and several bad ones. The fat middle is pretty wide, but if there is a team in that middle that gets to face the bottom six teams in MLS in over half its remaning games they will be one of the last two entries in the Playoffs. That fat middle of mediocre includes Red Bull, Toronto FC, Chicago, Houston, Seattle. And one of TFC and RBNY will be in the Playoffs. Chicago's only shot is at being a 3rd or 4th in the East.
I'm certain that Colorado and San Jose will be in the Playoffs from the West joining Galaxy and Real Salt Lake.
Points per Match Standings after the jump
|Houston and Chivas could still make SuperLiga SemiFinals|
|DC United could still make US Open Cup SemiFinals|
Bold for the two qualifiers from each Conference. Italics for the teams currently out of the MLS Cup Playoffs. Blue for the US Open Cup, and Red for SuperLiga.
Seattle needs 1.84 PPM to hit 43 points. That would be 7 wins and 3 draws in remaining 13 matches. 43 points might even need help to get into the Playoffs this year. That rate has only been matched by Galaxy, RSL and Crew this season.