The MLS season is a marathon, but we've reached the sprint. Just four games are left in the 2014 regular season and things are beginning to define themselves in the Western Conference. Let's take a look at the playoff race with a month to play.
1. Seattle Sounders FC
57 points(+11 GD) - 4 games remaining - Last match: 4-2 win vs Chivas USA - Next match: 9/5 at Colorado - Last 5: W-L-L-W-W
After falling to FCD, the Sounders received a scare against Chivas USA, but ended up getting the home win to stay at the top of the league on goal differential. They face a tricky trip to Colorado this weekend and, should they not win, could relinquish the top spot for the rest of the season.
2. LA Galaxy
57 points(+32 GD) - 4 games remaining - Last match: 4-0 win vs New York - Next match: 10/4 vs Toronto FC - Last 5: W-W-D-D-W
The Galaxy have a relatively straight-forward match at home against Toronto FC this weekend, but their challenges await. A final three matches at FCD, vs Seattle and at Seattle will test whether LA is truly the class of the league like many think they are.
3. Real Salt Lake
49 points(+12 GD) - 4 games remaining - Last match: 2-1 loss at Vancouver - Next match: 10/5 at Chivas USA - Last 5: L-W-L-W-D
It's been very up and down for RSL over the last month with two wins, two losses and a draw. They've won against the teams they should and lost their tough games, but it makes you wonder if they can win the road games they'll need to that would earn passage in a playoff series. Two games against Chivas USA in their last four, however, will provide some valuable points.
4. FC Dallas
48 points(+12 GD) - 4 games remaining - Last match: 3-1 win vs Seattle Sounders FC - Next match: 10/4 at Vancouver - Last 5: W-L-W-L-L
A win over Seattle allayed any fears that FCD won't finish top four in the Western Conference and there is still a chance to finish top three but FCD likely needs 10 points from their last four games which is certainly possible. A playoff spot and at least fourth place can be guaranteed with a win this weekend.
5. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
40 points(-2 GD) - 4 games remaining - Last match: 2-1 win vs RSL - Next match: 10/4 vs FC Dallas - Last 5: W-L-L-W-D
Vancouver leads Portland by the slimmest of margins and every game is absolutely vital for them from here on out. They really need three points against Dallas to keep realistic playoff hopes alive as they've got two tough road games at Seattle and San Jose awaiting them after this weekend before returning home to close the season against Colorado.
6. Portland Timbers FC
39 points(+3 GD) - 4 games remaining - Last match: 3-2 loss at TFC - Next match: 9/4 at San Jose - Last 5: L-W-D-D-W
Ouch. Up 2-0 at Toronto, the Timbers let all the points slip away and lost Will Johnson for the season with a broken leg. If they fail to make the playoffs, it's that result, along with the home draw against San Jose that they'll look back and regret. Still, the Timbers have two games next back-to-back against San Jose that they need to get six points from before closing the season against RSL and FCD. If they can get to 45 points, there's certainly a good chance of the fifth spot.
IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY:
If there were no games left and we were looking forward to the start of the playoffs, here are the current matchups:
WILD CARD GAME
Vancouver Whitecaps FC at FC Dallas
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Seattle Sounders FC vs FC Dallas/Vancouver Whitecaps FC
LA Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake
That Toyota Stadium field is pretty beautiful aint it? Well FC Dallas and lululemon athletica are giving you the opportunity to channel your inner Tex Hooper and enjoy a day of yoga on the Toyota Stadium pitch.
Things get kicked off on Saturday, October 18th from 11:00AM to 12:00PM and we'll have craft beer, DJ, food trucks, games & more!
The cost is just $10 and all proceeds benefit Kicks for Kids & Albertsons Gear Up Project!
He's pretty much the hottest forward in the league with four goals in his last three games and on Wednesday, August 1 you can meet Blas "El Raton" Perez! From 4:30-6:00PM tomorrow, head to Albertsons at 6800 Virginia Parkway in McKinney and you can get Blas' autograph as well as play in our soccer cage, win cool FCD prizes and meet both Tex Hooper and the FCD Girls! All of this goodness is brought to you by MoneyGram!
We'll see you Wednesday afternoon at Albertsons in McKinney!
FC Dallas was back in the win column last week with the 3-1 drubbing of Seattle and two FC Dallas players have been named to the MLSsoccer.com Week 30 Team of the Week! Versatile defender/midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson earned a spot on the team for his fantastic performance on Wednesday while, of course, David Texeira earned his first TOTW spot after his two-goal master class.
Here's what they had to say about the duo:
F: David Texeira (FC Dallas) – Texeira loves playing the Sounders. All of three of his goals this season have come against Seattle and his two on Wednesday could not have come at a more perfect time.
Here are the epic pics from Wednesday's win over Seattle Sounders FC:
Texeiraaaaaaaa's done it again! Here's FCDTV's The Rewind pres. by Toyota
Hear from Pareja, Ulloa & Michel after Wednesday's big win:
We're down to just five games left in the 2014 MLS Regular Season and we've got a much clearer playoff picture in the Western Conference. Let's take a look!
1. Seattle Sounders FC
54 points(+11 GD) - 6 games remaining - Last match: 4-1 loss at New York - Next match: 9/24 at FC Dallas - Last 5: L-W-W-W-W
After their USOC triumph, the Sounders played a weakened side at New York and got thumped 4-1. They'll have one more road match on their long road trip at FCD tonight before hosting Chivas USA on the weekend. Tied with LA, but with a game in hand, this match in Dallas could go a long way to determining their Supporter's Shield fate.
2. LA Galaxy
54 points(+27 GD) - 5 games remaining - Last match: 2-1 win vs FC Dallas - Next match: 9/28 vs New York - Last 5: W-D-D-W-W
Bounced back with a late winner over FCD last weekend to pull even with Seattle at the top of the standings. A tricky home game against New York awaits them this weekend with just five games left. Two games at the end of the season against Seattle will be huge.
3. Real Salt Lake
49 points(+13 GD) - 5 games remaining - Last match: 5-1 win vs Colorado - Next match: 9/27 at Vancouver - Last 5: W-L-W-D-L
Thoroughly dominated Colorado last weekend to put a little daylight between themselves at FCD for that third playoff spot. They may still seem out of the Supporter's Shield race, but three of their last five are against Chivas USA & San Jose so don't rule out a late push from RSL.
4. FC Dallas
45 points(+10 GD) - 5 games remaining - Last match: 2-1 loss at Los Angeles - Next match: 9/24 vs Seattle - Last 5: L-W-L-L-W-W
A late loss at Los Angeles with a makeshift back four is nothing to get too concerned about and FC Dallas can all but seal their playoff spot with a win against Seattle on Wednesday night. The ten days off after the Sounders game should prove vital for FCD to get rested and healthy before a final four regular season games against Vancouver, LA, Colorado & Portland. FCD likely needs four wins from their last five to earn a top 3 playoff spot.
5. Portland Timbers FC
39 points(+4 GD) - 5 games remaining - Last match: 3-0 win vs Vancouver - Next match: 9/27 at Toronto - Last 5: W-D-D-W-L
The Timbers had to beat Vancouver on Saturday to keep their realistic playoff hopes alive, and that's exactly what they did. Their final five games are still very tough with three road games at Toronto, San Jose and Dallas with home games against San Jose and RSL, but if they can get seven points out of those they'll have a great shot at sneaking in and potentially setting up back to back games against FCD.
6. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
37 points(-3 GD) - 5 games remaining - Last match: 3-0 loss at Portland - Next match: 9/27 vs Vancouver - Last 5: L-L-W-D-L
It's a really tough look to lose two games to Portland by a combined 6-0 score in the last month. The Whitecaps are certainly in the race and have the slightly easier schedule in the last five, but man that game on Saturday doesn't leave you with a lot of confidence in Carl Robinson's side.
FC Dallas is on the precipice of qualifying for the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs and they can take a huge step towards that goal with the 3rd-to-last regular season home game tonight against Seattle Sounders FC. Here are the 10 things to know before heading to Toyota Stadium for tonight's big match:
1. Tonight's match is presented by CiCi's Pizza and the free pizza will be flying around Toyota Stadium with the first 500 people through the north gate getting some free grub from our friends at CiCi's. Check out all the details on how you can get some free delicious CiCi's Pizza.
2. Scarfing the Lamar Hunt Statue tonight will be FC Dallas star winger Fabian Castillo. Don't miss the ceremony which will start right around 7:30PM
3. Tonight's opponent is a formidable one as the Sounders are currently tops in MLS and via our match infograph, they're 17-0-0 when Obafemi Martins scores in MLS play.
4. It's beginning to feel quite a bit like fall outside and tonight's weather should be absolutely immaculate. Today's high is 87 while the low is clear and 63 degrees.
5. Saturday's match has tons of playoff implications as FCD can take another huge step to qualifying for the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs with a win. FCD's playoff magic number(combined points earned and points dropped by 6th place) is just seven points.
6. While parking is always free for everyone at Toyota Stadium, our Toyota drivers out there can enjoy FREE upgraded parking in the Camry Gold Lot tonight. The Camry Gold Lot is directly NW of the stadium adjacent to the Dr. Pink field.
9. Tonight's game is set for an 8:00PM kickoff and will be broadcast in HD locally on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel 323 as well as 100.7FM(English) & 1270AM(Spanish).
10. It should be a really nice mid-week crowd tonight, but there are still tickets available by clicking here.
Scott & Daniel break down our match against Seattle with the Toyota Keys to the Match: