In MLS Week 29, all 2010 playoff berths were booked and this final week will determine match-ups. All four wild card spots were taken by Western Conference teams, which creates broadcast and competitive challenges. The playoff teams are (in order of descending points): La Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, New York Red Bulls, Columbus Crew, FC Dallas, Seattle Sounders, Colorado Rapids, and San Jose Earthquakes.
The Galaxy’s Edson Buddle still leads MLS with now 17 goals, followed by Chris Wondolowski with 14, followed by Juan Pablo Angel, Dwayne De Rosario, Omar Cummings and Sebastien Le Toux with 13. Landon Donovan leads MLS with 15 assists, followed by FCD’s David Ferreira with 13, and Le Toux with 11.
Seattle Sounders’ Steve Zakuani won MLS Player of the Week for contributing a goal and an assist in Seattle’s 2-1 victory over Chivas USA.
1. Real Salt Lake: (-) Real Salt Lake (15-4-10, 55 pts., +25 GD) defeated FC Dallas 2-0 at Rio Tinto, with Ned Grabavoy and Javier Morales scoring. The result extended RSL’s unbeaten-at-home streak to 25 games, but ended FCD’s overall unbeaten streak of 19 games, which equals the Columbus Crew’s 2005 record. Tuesday in CONCACAF, RSL host Cruz Azul and on Saturday visit Colorado Rapids.
2. LA Galaxy: (-) LA Galaxy (17-7-5, 56 pts., +17 GD) fell 3-1 to visiting Colorado Rapids with Edson Buddle scoring the lone goal, his 17th of the season. This Saturday LA host FC Dallas.
3. FC Dallas: (-) FC Dallas (12-3-14, 50 pts., +15 GD) were shut out 2-0 by Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto, ending FCD’s overall unbeaten streak of 19 games, which matches the Crew’s 2005 record. This Saturday, Dallas visit the Galaxy.
4. Seattle Sounders: (+1) Last Tuesday, Seattle (14-9-6, 48 pts., +5 GD) defeated CD Guadaljara 3-1 in a friendly with goals from Mike Fucito, Nate Jaqua, and Sanna Nyassi. On Friday the Sounders beat Chivas 2-1 with goals from MLS Player of the Week Steve Zakuani and Osvaldo Alonso. This Tuesday in CONCACAF, Seattle host Saprissa and on Saturday visit Houston for League play.
5. New York Red Bulls: (-1) NY Red Bulls (14-9-6, 48 pts., +7 GD) fell 2-1 to host Philadelphia with Borman scoring the goal. This Thursday, New York host New England.
6. Colorado Rapids: (+2) The Rapids (12-8-9, 45 pts., +12 GD) impressed by beating host LA Galaxy 3-1 with goals by Conor Casey, Omar Cummings and an own goal by Edson Buddle. This week the Rapids have another big task when they host Real Salt Lake.
7. Columbus Crew: (-) The Crew (13-8-8, 47 pts., +4 GD) tied Toronto 2-2 with one goal by Chad Marshall and another by keeper William Hesmer, only the second MLS goalkeeper ever to score a goal, Danny Cepero being the first. It was Hesmer’s first-ever professional goal in his 100th start for the Crew. This Thursday in CONCACAF, Colombus visit Joe Public and on Saturday host Philadelphia.
8. San Jose Earthquakes: (-2) The SJ Earthquakes (12-9-7, 43 pts., +1 GD) fell 1-0 to visiting Houston but clinched the final playoff spot with the Wizards 1-0 loss at New England. This week San Jose visit Kansas City, who have something to prove.
9. Kansas City Wizards: (+1) The Wizards (10-13-6, 36 pts., -2 GD) beat Chicago 2-0 with goals by Davy Arnoud and Teal Bunbury, but fell 1-0 at New England, losing their bid for a spot in the playoffs. This Saturday, Kansas host San Jose.
10. Philadelphia Union: (+1) The visiting Union (8-14-7, 31 pts., -12 GD) defeated star-studded NY Red Bulls 2-0. Next, Philadelphia visit the Crew.
11. Chicago Fire: (-2) Chicago (8-12-9, 33 pts., -4 GD) fell 2-0 to Kansas and only managed a nil-nil tie with visiting DC United. The Fire visit Chivas USA on Saturday.
12. Toronto FC: (-) Toronto (8-13-8, 32 pts., -9 GD) tied visiting Colombus 2-2 with goals from dos Santos and Jacob Peterson. Tuesday in CONCACAF, Toronto host Arabe Unido and on Saturday visit DC United for League play.
13. New England Revolution: (+1) New England (9-15-5, 32 pts., -16 GD) defeated Kansas City 1-0 with a goal by Shalrie Joseph, assisted by Chris Tierney. This Thursday, the Revolution wrap up their season with a visit to the New York Red Bulls.
14. Houston Dynamo: (+1) Houston (8-15-6, 30 pts., -10 GD) beat San Jose 1-0 with a goal by Andrew Hainault and this week host Seattle.
15. Chivas USA: (-2) Chivas (8-16-4, 28 pts., -8 GD) fell 2-1 to Seattle with Jesus Padilla scoring the lone goal. This Wednesday, Chivas visit San Jose and and Saturday host Chicago.
16. DC United: (-) DC United (6-19-4, 22 pts., -25 GD) tied visiting Chicago nil-nil and this Saturday end their blighted season by hosting Toronto.
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