D.C. United is tied for the third-worst odds, at 25/1, to win the 2017 MLS Cup, according to a recently published list by the oddsmakers at Bovada. The Philadelphia Union, New England Revolution, and San Jose Earthquakes come in at 33/1, and the poor Chicago Fire bring up the rear at a whopping 100/1.
We look at your votes and prepare for unpleasantness today.
D.C. United was coming into a RFK Stadium clash with Columbus Crew with a game that they should have won beforehand; the team was, is, buzzing, the Crew were without several players, including Federico Higuain, and the Crew were dealing on slightly shorter rest.
Lloyd Sam opened the scoring in the second half, before Lamar Neagle and Alvaro Saborio confirmed win late
D.C. United won the back to back games for the first time this season, beating Columbus Crew SC 3-0 on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium. Four days after a season altering win over Orlando City, United finally broke through in the second half, as Lloyd Sam scored the eventual game winner in the 71st minute.
United faces a desperate Crew side that has two straight wins
Over the weekend, D.C. United logged a huge win at home, but they're in no position to put their feet up. Tonight against Columbus Crew SC, the Black-and-Red will have to carry on with their good form at RFK Stadium or risk undoing all the good that 4-1 thrashing of Orlando did.
United could finally get a winning streak going tonight against the Crew
Fans were justifiably delighted with D.C. United brushing Orlando aside over the weekend, but tonight against the Columbus Crew, they'll be looking to start their first winning streak of 2016. More importantly, there's the playoff positioning angle: United could jump into 5th place with some help, while the Crew more or less cannot afford to lose this game if they want to maintain any illusions of a postseason berth.
The Eastern Conference playoff participants were pretty much decided before Sunday's Decision Day showdowns, but that didn't stop the New York Red Bulls from sending one more statement of intent as the conference's top team.
The Red Bulls ran their unbeaten streak to 16 matches after beating the Philadelphia Union, 2-0, to secure first place in the East.
Adam Jahn salvaged a late 2-2 draw for the Columbus Crew with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Thursday night, but it was not enough as the Crew are officially eliminated from playoff contention.
An own goal from Michael Parkhurst and Michael de Leeuw's winner in the 57th minute canceled out Adam Jahn's opener, but the Crew forward equalized on 80 minutes with a wonderful half-volley to recover a point.
With only three weeks left in the MLS regular season, the pressure is cranking up for a few teams on either side of the red line.
One of several marquee matcheson Saturday features FC Dallas hosting the LA Galaxy. These teams are separated by five points, but the Colorado Rapids have games in hand on both sides, adding more incentive to already heated matchup.
Week 31 in Major League Soccer begins early as eight teams are in action on Wednesday.
The match with the most playoff implications is at RFK Stadium where D.C. United hosts the Columbus Crew. If Columbus beats D.C., then the Crew would be two points adrift of the final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference.
Thereare still signs of life in the Columbus Crew after they defeated the New England Revolution, 2-0, at MAPFRE Stadium on Sunday night.
Ola Kamara scored both goals in the 42nd and 83rd minute to clinch the victory for the hosts. The Crew have now won two straight matches and are justfive points away from a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand.
Either the glass is ¼ full or ¾ empty. The Chicago Fire tied longtime rival Columbus Crew on Thursday evening 2-2 at Toyota Park. The penultimate home match for Chicago was a heated affair on what was otherwise a frigid and windy October night.
It appears as if adaptability, knowledge, confidence, and resourcefulness are not always useful in acquiring three points. Sometimes you need grit, determination, the will to win, and to put it quite bluntly, ability. The Chicago Fire were lacking in all of the latter in their encounter with longtime rivals Columbus before the international break.
Following a backbreaking midweek loss to D.C. United, the Crew kept their dwindling playoff hopes alive with a 3-0 win on Saturday against the Chicago Fire. The win gives the Crew their third victory in four matches, keeping them in the hunt for a longshot run at the sixth and final playoff position.
It is now mathematically official. With the Chicago Fire's midweek loss to Seattle and DC United's win over Columbus, the Fire cannot possibly make the playoffs. With four matches to spare the feat comes later in the season than last year but that is not much of a consolation.
Rowe returns to practice after being hospitalized last week.
When the New England Revolution took the field against Columbus Crew SC this past weekend, there was a noticeable absence from the starting lineup. That's because Kelyn Rowe had to miss the game after being hospitalized due to an infection and inflammation in his small intestine.
After seeing their crosstown rivals drop points on Saturday, Atletico Madrid will look to leap back into the La Liga race on Sunday morning.
The Spanish powerhouse headlines Sunday's action in a clash with Deportivo La Coruna. Entering Sunday's match, Atletico sits on nine points, five back of league-leaders Real Madrid with a game in hand.
Columbus probably won't rotate their squad despite having played on Sunday
Normally, the Columbus Crew would have to make some major changes to their lineup to face D.C. United. They played Sunday night, leaving less than 72 hours between the end of one game and the start of another. They'll also have to take a flight in that timeframe.
CARSON, Calif. The LA Galaxy left it late, but finally unlocked the offense that had been missing for most of August, pulling away from the Columbus Crew, 2-1, on a pair of gorgeous goals by Baggio Husidic and Giovani Dos Santos.
Husidic's wonder strikecame fourteen minutes after being subbed on for an ineffective Mike Magee.
Maloney was the fifth pick in the third round and the 49th overall
Philadelphia Union Academy alum Connor Maloney was drafted on Tuesday by the Columbus Crew SC with the fifth pick in the third round and the 49th overall selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.
Maloney, who will turn 22 in May, was on the Union team that won the 2012 Generation adidas Cup but did not qualify to sign a homegrown contract despite spending time at Reading United and training with the first team as recently as last summer.
Bruce Arena shared his opinion, Sounders won't sign a DP anytime soon, and Goals of the Week.
Don't expect any huge moves from the Seattle Sounders this winter. With Nelson Valdez now back in his native Paraguay, the MLS Cup champions have one Designated Player spot available and won't use it just yet.
The Fire ended their three-game swing away from Toyota Park on Saturday in desultory fashion, a 3:0 defeat to the Columbus Crew in a match that felt as though the deficit was much bigger. Last place in the Eastern Conference is almost assured, as the Fire trail both Columbus and Orlando by eight points with three games left on the schedule.
After nearly two months, the Vancouver Whitecaps are finally back in the win column.
Led by second half goals from Andrew Jacobson and Eric Hurtado, the Whitecaps toppled the Columbus Crew, 3-1, in a game delayed by inclement weather. The win is the Whitecaps first since July 13, snapping an eight-game winless run.
Yes, over-the-air FOX will carry the MLS Cup and not compete with the NFL. Full playoff schedule also announced.
The last time the MLS Cup was on over-the-air English language network was back in 2008. Sigi Schmid's Columbus Crew. In 2016 FOX will air the Saturday December 10th match (time and venue to be determined).