MLS Table Talk (Week 25) - That Good Old Playoff Feel
Lots of shifts at the top and bottom this week, while the mid-table block holds steady. It's down to a four horse race for the Supporters' Shield as Dallas' meager take of one point from six available virtually eliminates them from serious contention. At the bottom, Toronto sink to their inevitable spot in the cellar as LA vault over them on goal difference.
United continue to lead in both the actual table and the points-per-game table, though Chivas have now drawn almost level. At the other end, Toronto are bottom of both tables. Around the final playoff places, the Fire and Crew have moved past the Rapids slightly, though the gap is still only three points between the three contenders with each having four games left.
Offensively, United's goal production has slowed a bit, but they still hold a significant advantage, with their 1.88 goals-per-game outpacing their Eastern rivals, the Revs, at 1.73 goals per game. Despite scoring a goal for the first time in what seems like eons, TFC still languish as the only side averaging less than a goal per game at 0.76. Defensively, Chivas continue to narrow the gap on the Dynamo as their 0.92 goals-allowed is second only to the Orange's 0.81. If you want to see goals, make sure you catch Alexi's Antiques Roadshow, who are surrendering at a 1.79 goals-per-game clip.
This season is coming down to the wire. United and Chivas are neck and neck for the regular season crown, with United holding the head-to-head tiebreaker advantage, though the Revs and Dynamo are still close enough to have a say in proceedings. The race for the final playoff spots may be on the verge of expanding as KC slip back towards the trio beneath them and LA look to make an unlikely, though still mathematically possible, run towards contention for the post-season. With most sides down to four games remaining and the majority battling not just for playoff positioning, but for titles and playoff places as well, every game is going to start having that good old playoff feel.