As the midweek matches come to a close, it all comes down to Sunday. All MLS teams will be in action and many will still have a chance at a playoff spot. Let’s look back at the midweek matches and where teams stack up going into decision day.
Monday Night Football
Monday night, the Galaxy tied the Seattle Sounders 1-1 and are at risk of losing their playoff spot. Chicharito opened the scoring in the 19th minute off a corner kick. Unmarked, he poked in a deflection inside the 6-yard box. Besides Chicharito, Jona Dos Santos, Efrain Alvarez and Julian Araujo all started. Araujo was the only one to play the full 90. After the Chicharito goal, the Galaxy offense had only a few goal scoring chances which they were unable to capitalize on.
The draw puts the Galaxy at 48 points and in hold of the last playoff spot. A win against Minnesota United on Sunday would clinch a playoff spot. A loss or draw could mean they fall out of the playoffs with a Real Salt Lake or LAFC win.
Vela Makes Second Straight Appearance
Carlos Vela subbed on in the 70th minute in LAFC’s 1-1 draw to the Vancouver Whitecaps. It was his second straight appearance after missing 11 straight games with a hamstring injury. The draw put LAFC at 45 points. The club heads to Colorado for their final game of the season. They will need to win and hope for either an LA Galaxy, Minnesota United or Vancouver Whitecaps loss.
Atlanta United Gain a Point, Sporting Kansas City Routed on Road
Jurgen Damm subbed on for three minutes in Atlanta United’s 0-0 draw to New York Red Bulls. It was his first appearance since Sept. 15. Atlanta is in fifth place in the East with 48 points.
Alan Pulido remains out for Sporting Kansas City. The team lost 3-1 to Austin FC. They are now in second place in the West with 58 points.
Here are the full standings going into decision day:
- New England Revolution 73 Points
- Philadelphia Union 53 Points
- Nashville SC 53 Points
- NYCFC 50 Points
- Atlanta United 48 Points
- Orlando SC 48 Points
- New York Red Bulls 47 Points
- Montreal Impact 46 Points
- DC United 44 Points
- Columbus Crew 44 Points
- Seattle Sounders 59 Points
- Sporting Kansas City 58 Points
- Colorado Rapids 58 Points
- Portland Timbers 52 Points
- Minnesota United 48 Points
- Vancouver Whitecaps 48 Points
- LA Galaxy 47 Points
8.Real Salt Lake 45 Points
9. LAFC 45 Points