Eastern Conference Roundup: September 16
As the season winds down, eight of the ten clubs in the MLS Eastern Conference are still in contention to make the MLS Cup Playoffs in November. Here is how the table looks after 29 weeks of the 2013 season.
1. New York Red Bulls - 48 pts. - Week 29: 2-0 Win vs. Toronto FC
Thierry Henry and Fabían Espíndola each scored as the Red Bulls returned to the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 home win over Toronto FC. New York hosts FC Dallas on Sunday of Week 30.
2. Montreal Impact - 45 pts. - Week 29: 2-1 Loss vs. Columbus Crew
A Marco Di Vaio first-half tally seemed to put the Impact well on its way to a home victory of the Crew, but the Black & Gold put two in the back of the net in the final 30 minutes to pull off the upset on the road. Montreal hosts Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Week 30 after traveling to San Jose for CONCACAF Champions League action on Tuesday.
3. Sporting Kansas City - 45 pts. - Week 29: Idle
Sporting KC welcomed a week off as it prepares for another CCL match. Sporting hosts Nicaraguan side Real Esteli on Tuesday before a road tilt with Toronto FC on Saturday.
4. Houston Dynamo - 40 pts. - Week 29: 1-0 Win at Philadelphia Union
The Dynamo snapped a four-match winless streak with a hard-fought 1-0 road win in Philadelphia. Houston returns home to host Chivas USA in Week 30.
5. Chicago Fire - 39 pts. - Week 29: 1-1 Draw at Toronto FC, 3-2 Win vs. New England Revolution
For the first time this season, the Chicago Fire is in playoff position following a 3-2 win over the New England Revolution. The Men in Red travel to Columbus this week to renew its rivalry with the Crew on Saturday.
6. Philadelphia Union - 39 pts. - Week 29: 1-0 Loss vs. Houston Dynamo
Winless in five matches, the Union's playoff chances took a hit on Saturday with a 1-0 loss at home to the Houston Dynamo. John Hackworth's side has two weeks to regroup before returning to action on September 27 at Sporting Kansas City.
7. New England Revolution - 37 pts. - Week 29: 3-2 Loss at Chicago Fire
8. Columbus Crew - 35 pts. - Week 29: 2-1 Win at Montreal Impact
Led by Federico Higuaín's two assists, the Crew shocked the Montreal Impact with a come-from-behind 2-1-road victory. The Black & Gold's playoff hopes will be on the line when they host the Fire on Saturday (TICKETS).
9. Toronto FC - 23 pts. - Week 29: 1-1 Draw vs. Chicago Fire, 2-0 Loss at New York Red Bulls
Toronto FC was unable to build off a midweek home draw against the Chicago Fire as it fell 2-0 at Red Bull Arena on Saturday. The Reds host Sporting Kansas City in Week 30.
10. D.C. United - 15 pts. - Week 29: 2-2 Draw vs. LA Galaxy
The young Black-and-Red battled the defending MLS Cup Champions to a home draw as Kyle Porter nullified Robbie Keane's go-ahead strike in the 81st minute just three minutes later. United travels to New England to face the Revolution on Saturday.