MLS Dogpile | Captain Obvious Says Columbus
As if they needed further confirmation, the Crew clambered atop the table this week (viva los tie-breakers!) to confirm their status as the MLS Alpha Dogs. More support for said claim arrives via the five game win streak that has seen them take all 15 of the last 15 points on offer, while the next best performers in MLS (the Fire and Galaxy) have only managed a paltry 10.
The Fire's league form combines with their table position to boost them over the league co-leaders, Houston, who have only managed to claim just under half of the points available to them over the last five games. The Sounders temporarily climb above the Galaxy, though the recent form of both sides might see them swap the spots right back if such results resume. Assuming, that is, that what we saw last weekend wasn't the first stumble in the horrible collapse that one might be forgiven for expecting the Galaxy to predictably fall into.
The idle Rapids stand pat on the back of their 4-0 demolition of Chivas a couple of weeks ago, while TFC and DC United swap places after the former won 2-0 over the latter this weekend. I'm tempted to drop DC out of the Playoff Pack altogether, but I'll give them, as well as the chasing Revs and RSL, another week to see if anybody can make a convincing case for such a status.
Chivas finally nabbed a win, but do wins against the Red Bulls really count any more? With just those three points to show over the last five games, I'll need to see more from the Goats before they start climbing back up the Pile. And Dallas will need to rediscover their mojo after getting sunk by the Crew, though there's little shame in that these days.
The song remains the same at the bottom with the Quakes claiming the the #13 spot by virtue of the fact that they're the only one of the bottom three to post a victory in the last five weeks of action. The Wiz are trailing the Quakes, but will have to continue to get spanked for a few weeks yet before they come anywhere near challenging the Red Bulls for the bottom rung on the Dogpile ladder.