Eastern Conference roundup: June 2

D.C. United moves up to second following home win

Fabian Espindola

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1. New England Revolution 23 pts. | 2-0 loss at Montreal Impact; Week 14: vs. New York Red Bulls

Although New England had its five-match winning streak snapped with a road loss to Montreal Impact, it still held onto first place in the Conference. The Revolution also failed to score for the first time in seven matches in the test against Montreal after going five contests with at least two goals.

2. D.C. United  21 pts. 1-0 win vs. Sporting Kansas City; Week 14: vs. Columbus Crew

The week’s biggest beneficiary, D.C. United defended RFK Stadium en route to a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City, vaulting into second place. Fabian Espindola scored yet again for the Black-and-Red, which next plays Columbus in another intra-conference clash.

3. Sporting Kansas City 19 pts. | 1-1 draw vs. New York Red Bulls, 1-0 loss at D.C. United; Week 14: at Houston Dynamo

Possibly MLS’ most shorthanded team at the moment, Sporting Kansas City dropped to third by virtue of its defeat at D.C. United after earning a draw with the Red Bulls in a midweek match.

4. Houston Dynamo  17 pts. | 3-0 loss at Colorado Rapids; Week 14: vs. Sporting Kansas City

Houston continued its offensive struggle in being held scoreless for the third consecutive match, this time at Colorado. Despite its slump, the Dynamo continues to hold in playoff position, which should serve it well when Brad Davis and Boniek Garcia return.

5. Toronto FC  16 pts. | 3-2 win vs. Columbus Crew; Week 14: vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Toronto FC has played just 10 matches in 2014 (no one else in the Conference has fewer than 12), and its 1.6 points-per-game ranks third in the East. The games in hand are an advantage for the Reds when Michael Bradley returns following the FIFA World Cup.

6. Columbus Crew— 16 pts. 3-2 loss at Toronto FC; Week 14: vs. Real Salt Lake, at D.C. United

The Crew was disappointed with its result on Saturday, but its midfield depth really showed through in Toronto. That depth might continue to be counted on with another double-match week, starting with RSL at home on Wednesday.

7. New York Red Bulls 15 pts.1-1 draw at Sporting Kansas City; Week 14: at New England Revolution

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored again in Kansas City and now leads MLS in goals scored excluding penalties, with eight.

8. Philadelphia Union  14 pts. | 3-0 win at Chivas USA; Week 14: vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

The Union stayed on the West Coast all week after its match against LA Galaxy and were able to achieve a statement 3-0 win over Chivas USA. The win moved Philadelphia to just two points out of a playoff spot.

9. Chicago Fire  13 pts.1-1 draw vs. LA Galaxy; Week 14: at Colorado Rapids, vs. Seattle Sounders FC

Chicago earned a point at home against LA Galaxy even without Mike Magee, who missed his second consecutive match for the club. A large, double-match week looms for the Fire.

10. Montreal Impact 10 pts. | 2-0 win vs. New England Revolution; Week 14: bye

The Impact got a sorely-needed win over first-placed New England. Acquiring Futty Danso from Portland should also help Montreal shore up its defense.