Bonus Game/Week 25 Wraps

While I’m generally out of the “shout-out” game, I thought I’d add to my million-points-at-once coverage of Week 25 by linking to some other reports from fellow bloggers…maybe I’ll try to figure the mainstream outlets into the coverage for next week…

FC Rocky did a totally killer big-picture-plus examination of the Rapids (shameful, shameful) loss to Real Salt Lake, while also pawing through the entrails of the Rapids’ season as a whole; note the trades especially

DCenters did their usual, highly-educational debriefing of DC’s tie with Chicago; there, note hints that DC didn’t wow their fans…but also note who they had missing.

I just like Red Bull Rising; I just get a good vibe from that site.  They capped Red Bull’s Week 25 with a nice ode to Angel.

Nobody does picture gallery, fiesta del links like RSLFM.

Finally, Ives Galarcep looked at the stumbling, bumbling race for the #8 playoff seed.  He’s about where I am: Chicago is probably the best of the three vying for the spot (Columbus and Colorado being the other two), but that doesn’t mean they’ll make it.  As noted elsewhere, I’m pulling for Columbus to make it (bias alert!) and for Fernando Clavijo to get fired.

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MLS: The Bad Kind of Tripping + Updated Remaining Schedules

Did Week 25 seem wholly educational or what? Well, educational in the sense that we have new data to weigh, but one hesitates to call it clarifying or entirely enlightening.

Can’t pretend I caught all 90 of all the games (for the record, I watched RSL v. Colorado and Chivas v. KC), but, on the principle of all W’s counting as W’s and all L’s counting as L’s, it’s possible we’ll squeeze in a couple trends before the regular season ends…and, here, I’m talking about teams like FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids; and, unlucky as they were, KC toyed with soccer suicide by surrendering a late, late goal to keep even 7th place in play. In general, some late-season games that looked easy a couple weeks back don’t look so easy any more, not with the way some highly relevant teams are playing.

But I’ll get into all that later. First, here are the standings…those help to make sense of all this. and the key I’ll use to shorten team names for the schedule bit follows:

Chicago Fire: CF
Chivas USA: CUSA
Colorado Rapids: CR
Columbus Crew: Crew
DC United: DCU
FC Dallas: FCD
Houston Dynamo: HD
Kansas City Wizards: KC
Los Angeles Galaxy: LA
New England Revolution: NE
Red Bull New York: RBNY
Real Salt Lake: RSL
Toronto FC: TFC

Right…now, here goes: Continue reading