Trying to pick up any enduring conclusions from a week of MLS action is a fools’ errand. This weekend, the Portland Timbers were beaten 4-2 at home by arch-rival the Seattle Sounders. But despite their up-and-down season, the Timbers remain only two points out of a playoff spot in the West.
In the East, things are even more confusing. After a series of recent wins, it looked like Toronto FC was ready to break away from the pack in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but after a series of disappointing results—including conceding an equalizer to the Fire in the 90th minute on Saturday night—they only have a three-point lead on the Revolution and the Philadelphia Union.
The Columbus Crew beat the Houston Dynamo 3-0 at home this weekend, but Columbus is still barely above the fray in the Eastern Conference playoff race and Houston, who has seven wins and 13 losses, is, remarkably, only six points away from playoff contention.
Finally, D.C. United, who was dreadful in 2013, defeated defending champions Sporting Kansas City 3-0 on Saturday night and currently leads the Eastern Conference in a remarkable turnaround.
At the very least, the end of the season won’t be boring.
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