The Montreal Impact are very much alive and are a force at home. Saputo Stadium has been a safe haven for the Impact as they upped their home record to 10-2-3. They have won five consecutive matches and have scored twelve total goals during the streak. Their newest designated player, Marco Di Vaio, has made his presence very well known by scoring in the last two matches. Newly acquired goalkeeper Troy Perkins has played very well, along with midfielder Patrice Bernier and defender Jeb Brovsky.
Columbus is trying to rejoin the race. The Crew were dealt a serious emotional blow with the death of their star Kirk Urso, but are trying to get back into the Eastern Conference playoff race with his spirit in their hearts and minds. They have put together a nice string by going unbeaten in six of their last seven. They have also received a big boost from their new designated player, Federico Higuain, who has scored three goals in his first two games as a member of the Crew.
Besides Seattle, San Jose and Los Angeles are also showing signs of clubs capable of making a run at MLS Cup. The Earthquakes scored a decisive 4-1 victory at their Buck Shaw fortress, while the Galaxy won 2-0 at the Home Depot Center. It is very interesting how differing, yet dominant these two squads can be. The Quakes play like a scrappy bunch, who ultimately strangle their opponent. The Galaxy tend to ultimately just have more talent than the team they run off the pitch. Both teams have solid and stout defenses and quck, lightning-like scoring punches. There is no doubt that talent for both teams is the prevailing factor, but brass tax, they just know how to finish off games.
Chivas USA continue to be in a massive downward spiral with their defense. The transfer window has closed, but they must figure out a way to shore up this part of their team in the immediate future. All of their trades in this window were to add more scoring options, but defense must be their focus going forward. To add to the negativity, Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy told reporters, "It makes me sick to be honest with you."
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