The Columbus Crew is mounting a serious run at the playoffs. They are possibly the hottest team in the league by going unbeaten in their last dix matches including four straight wins. Federico Higuain has been a brilliant signing and Eddie Gaven has regained his old solid form of late. They have eight remaining matches and only three against teams above them in the standings. Currently, they sit fifth in the Eastern Conference table and only one point above missing the final playoff spot.
The Seattle Sounders truly are MLS Cup title contenders. Speaking of firepower, this squad may have the most potent offensive attack in the league. While a 1-1 draw was a disappointment for FC Dallas, it was a positive for the Sounders. Not only was it on the road, but Steve Zakuani assisted on a Mauro Rosales goal 500 days after his last MLS start. Eddie Johnson did not play in a midweek CONCACAF Champions League win in Trinidad and stayed home in Seattle for the FC Dallas draw. Fredy Montero started both matches and played the entire match at Dallas. The Sounders sit third in the West and firmly in a playoff spot with 44 points.
The Chicago Fire are for real and they control their own destiny. Currently, they sit third in the Eastern Conference, but the Fire can do anything with their league position, from vaulting up to first in the East to falling out of the playoffs completely. Sporting KC leads them by six points, but they are only three points from sixth place and falling out of the playoff race. An impressive 3-1 home victory over Houston this past weekend sets up their remaining schedule, which looks very favorable. While some teams have as little as five matches remaining, the Fire have an astounding eight left. All are against Eastern Conference opponents and they only play one each against the two teams ahead of them, Sporting KC and the New York Red Bulls.
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