MLS Dogpile (Week 22) - The United Steamroller

1. DC United | WWWWW | Next: THR@Chivas, SUN-Revs
The win streak goes to six as DC deliver a revenge beatdown to the Hoops. A worried Denílson watches from behind the snot shield on the salad bar at Pizza Hut Park. United are a steamroller at the moment, but Emilio is carrying a bit of an injury, and Soehn might have timed his team's peaking just a month or so too early. Another huge week ahead as they face their two main rivals (based on points per game) for the Supporters' Shield in the span of a week in Chivas on Thursday Night Futbol, followed by a Sunday date with Eastern Conference rivals New England.

2. (+3) Chivas USA | WLWWW | Next: THR-DC, SUN-NYRB
Coming off an idle week, the Goats get right back into the fray against the form team of the league in DC. They'll have a two game home stand this week as Angel and the Red Bulls come calling on Sunday. Chivas is the second hottest team in the league behind DC and this week could see them staking a claim for the Western Conference crown and possibly the Supporters' Shield as well.

3. (+1) New England Revolution | LWLWW | Next: SUN@DC
The Revs were idle and DC took advantage to draw level at the top of the table. They'll get a chance to play king of the hill as they travel to face United at RFK this weekend in a battle not only for the top spot in the East, but pole position in the race for the Supporters' Shield.

4. (-2) Houston Dynamo | LLWDD | Next: SAT-RSL
Another draw and the Dynamo's recent form looks abysmal from a results standpoint. Much like United last year, the Dynamo appear to have peaked to early. They've got a half-dozen games to figure things out. If any team can do it, it's the Dynamo, who are arguably the deepest team in the league. Next up brings an RSL side to town that seems to be growing in confidence under their new manager.

5. (-2) FC Dallas | DWWLL | Next: SAT-TFC
Dallas played well in the first half, but Sala was found wanting by DC from distance and United rolled them hard in Denílson's debut. With the addition of the Brazilian winger, and Toja and Sala returning to fitness, Dallas could be poised to make a dangerous late season run. They'll get a big chance to get that run started on Saturday as Mad Mo and his battered and bruised TFC come down out of the Frozen Northlands.

6. (+1) Red Bull NY | WWLLW | Next: SUN@Chivas
Angel is the difference-maker as the Bulls get back on track and put some distance between themselves and the playoff mire below them. It may be too much to ask this team to make a run at the Supporters' Shield, but if they are to do so, they'll need to get a result against Chivas this weekend on the left coast.

7. (-1) Kansas City Wizards | LWLLD | Next: -
KC were smacked around by a rejuvenated RSL, but managed a creditable draw in Houston. The most important thing to happen for the Wiz this week was the reemergence of EJ, who netted two to rejoin the race for the MLS Golden Boot. Onalfo's men need to start picking up results soon in order to keep the trio contending for the final playoff spot off of their backs. Unfortunately for them, they'll be sitting idle this week while the chasing pack are all in action and looking to narrow the gap.

8. (+1) Colorado Rapids | LWWWD | Next: SAT@LA
The Rapids hang on to their unlikely playoff place courtesy of a late equalizer away to the Crew, one of their main rivals for the final playoff places. Conor Casey is starting to become a factor for Clavijo's Claret Clowns, who will look to solidify their place away to the lowly Galaxy, who sit rock bottom in the MLS table.

9. (-1) Chicago Fire | DWLWL | Next: SAT@Crew
Blanco and company can't crack the Bulls defense and their playoff march is slowed. Results have been better, but they'll need to put a serious run together soon to advance to the post-season. Next up is an away six-pointer against one of their chief rivals for the playoffs, the Columbus Crew.

10. Columbus Crew | DLLDD | Next: SAT-Fire
The Crew have officially stalled and need to get the engine going again if they're to regain their playoff position. They fail to take advantage of home field in a playoff dogfight against the Rapids and can someone please tell me how Jacob Thomas missed that wide open net? Next up is another key match as another playoff rival comes to town in the form of the Chicago Fire. It's now do or die for the Crew.

11. Real Salt Lake | WLLWW | Next: SAT@Dynamo
The Argentines shine in Salt Lake as RSL look to climb off the mat in the closing stages of the season. RSL wins two in a row for the first time this season by relying on the old standard of dragging out the opponent's old boy (Robbie Findley) to punish them. Three wins out of the last five matches is a hugely encouraging start to the Kreis regime, but a trip to a wounded and desperate Dynamo will be a severe test of their new-found mettle this weekend.

12. Toronto FC | LDLLL | Next: SAT@Dallas
TFC come off a bye week hoping for some sort of spark as they travel to Dallas. The Canucks can't seem to find the net, but Dallas do their best to give goals away like candy on Halloween, and Dichio probably doesn't even need a costume.

13. LA Galaxy | LLLLL | Next: SAT-Rapids
Need we have any more proof that Alexi is the "Franchise Destroyer"? The Galaxy are well and truly sunk now, as former cellar dwellers RSL condemn them to the foot of the table. Not having seen the highlights yet (God damn you to the purgatory you so thoroughly deserve HDNet!), I have to know, did Donovan pull that asinine kissing routine before failing from the spot for the second time in a week?

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