Oct 21, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT
With just one week of MLS regular-season left, and things balanced on a knife edge, there’s still plenty to be sorted out in the final few games of an extremely exciting 2013 campaign.
Supporters’ Shield champs, Conference champions and playoff seeds are still undecided, so there’s plenty riding on the final week of play.
Saturday and Sunday should provide one of the most entertaining finishes to an MLS season, ever, with the Eastern Conference awash with postseason permutations going down to the final few minutes of the 34-game campaign. Just check out the standings below to see how close things are, incredible.
Things are extremely tight in the East, with 3rd placed Montreal just three points ahead of seventh placed Philadelphia, as five teams are battling away for the final three playoff berths. if New York beat Chicago at Red Bull Arena, they’ll win the Shield, while New England have the edge over their counterparts in the East with a +10 goal differential. Montreal, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia are all separated by just three points and three goals.
Out West, things are pretty much squared away following the weekends results, as San Jose need an 18 goals swing to jump ahead of fifth placed Colorado. Portland, LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake and Seattle have already clinched a place in the postseason, but all four are separated by just three points.
Who will win the West? It’s anybody’s guess. Here are the final slate of games and the standings, as an epic MLS finale awaits both the Eastern and Western conferences.
Wednesday: Chivas USA at Real Salt Lake
Saturday: Sporting KC at Philadelphia Union, Montreal at Toronto, FC Dallas at San Jose Earthquakes, Portland at Chivas USA,
Sunday: Houston Dynamo at D.C. United, New England at Columbus, Chicago at New York, Colorado at Vancouver, LA Galaxy at Seattle
- PST’s Major League Soccer Power Rankings – Week 1 0
- Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem about to jump off the U.S. Soccer radar 6
- Stuart Holden out for 6-9 months, as serious injury hits U.S. international once again 3
- Three things we learned from Arsenal’s failed UEFA Champions League campaign 1
- Battling Arsenal bow out, as Bayern Munich reach UEFA Champions League quarters after 1-1 draw (3-1, agg.) 1
- Two from Diego Costa help Atlético Madrid cruise past Milan in Champions League, 4-1 (5-1, agg.) 0
- Disappointing Opener for the Chicago Fire
- Liverpool says Pepe Reina can Leave Permanently for Four Million Pounds
- Sporting KC Sign Antonio Dovale
- Cruz Azul Ready to Continue Good Form in CONCACAF
- Escalada's Brace Against Leon Puts Emelec at Top in Libertadores Cup
- Galaxy Know Home Cooking is key to Beating Tijuana
- Santos Waste Away Advantage Against Venezuelan Minnows in Libertadores Cup
- Earthquakes' Alan Gordon's 95th Minute Equalizer Sets 1-1 Draw vs Toluca
- Sporting Ready for Champions League Test
- Kaká Becomes First Brazilian to Reach 30 Goals in the Champions League