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MLS Regular Season Ends October 21st
Posted By Jones On October 11, 2007 @ 11:12 am In Sports | No Comments
The Major League Soccer season is rapidly winding down with playoff positioning to still be determined. Six teams have already clinched a playoff spot, but there are still two places remaining with four different teams vying for those places. Holding the first six positions, in order, are D.C. United, Chivas USA, New England, Houston, FC Dallas, and New York. Hanging on to the final two playoff positions are Kansas City and Chicago, with Colorado and Columbus still holding on to a shot to sneak in.
In the 11-year history of the league, D.C. United has won the championship a record four times. They are currently looking primed to win another champion, holding steady at 54 points and atop the eastern division standings. On the year they have a record of 16-6-6. They are led by their superstar forward Luciano Emilio. He has scored a league leading 20 goals, 12 more than anyone else on his team. Emilio has also shown a flair for the dramatics, scoring four game winning goals. Right behind him is Ben Olsen with three game winning goals. The man with eight goals is Christian Gomez, who has also shown a flair for great passing with a team high nine assists on the season. Goalkeeper Troy Perkins has started all but one of the teams 28 games and has earned seven shutouts. He also has a goal against average of just over one goal a game.
Their closest competition is Chivas USA in the western division. Chivas USA has 51 points on the year, and is looking to enter the playoffs as the second seeded team. They don’t have one dominant goal scorer like D.C., but have two players with more than 10 goals. Leading the team is Maykel Galindo with 12 goals and five assists. Right behind him is Ante Razon with 11 goals and 8 assists. Those two have also combined for nine game winning goals. There goalie Brad Guzan has started 24 of 27 games and has finished with an impressive 11 shutouts, tops in the league. On the season he also has a GAA of .96, among the tops in the league.
Other teams that are making a strong run are New England, New York and Houston. New England is led by their top scorer Taylor Twellman. On the year Twellman has 14 goals and three assists. New York’s top player Juan Pablo Angel who is second in the league with 17 goals scored. Houston has the top goalkeeper in the league, meaning they are a threat to win any game, and in turn, go far into the playoffs. Pat Onstad has a miniscule 0.88 GAA and nine shutouts, good for second in the league.
If you are a soccer fan, this is among your favorite time of the year. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world for a reason. If the MLS can provide a good playoff season with some dramatics it would only bring more Americans to the game, the one place soccer lacks in the world. If you are one of the fans of soccer in America you should consider yourself among the lucky. You get to enjoy seeing some of the best athletes in the world. It can be your little secret.
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