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Chivas USA, Galaxy should both reach MLS playoffs

September 21, 2009 | 10:10 am


If the Major League Soccer season were to end today, Chivas USA and the Galaxy both would qualify for the playoffs.

Trouble is, the 30-game regular season still has a month to go and the race for the eight playoff spots is so tight that there is no telling whether both Los Angeles teams will make it. But they should.

The Galaxy has the upper hand. It is sitting in second place in the West and third place overall in MLS. Chivas is in a more troublesome situation. It is in fifth place in the West and holds the seventh and next-to-last playoff berth, but has the advantage of having played two fewer games than most of the other contenders.

The top two teams in each conference plus the next four teams with the most points regardless of conference will advance to the playoffs. Today, as the combined table below shows, the top eight are separated by two points from the rest of the pack.

But with a month to go, the race is still far too close to call. The combined standings are below the jump:

Team (games played)            Record   Points
Columbus Crew (25)                       11-4-10   43
Houston Dynamo (27)                   12-8-7     43
Galaxy (26)                                         10-5-11   41
Chicago Fire (26)                             10-6-10   40
Seattle Sounders (26)                       9-6-11   38
Colorado Rapids (25)                      10-8-7    37
Chivas USA (24)                               11-9-4    37
DC United (26)                                    8-6-12   36
New England Revolution (24)       9-8-7     34
Toronto FC (26)                                  9-10-7   34
Real Salt Lake (26)                            9-10-7   34
Kansas City Wizards (25)                8-11-6   30
FC Dallas (25)                                      7-12-6   27
San Jose Earthquakes (23)             5-12-6   21
New York Red Bulls (26)                 4-17-5   17

-- Grahame L. Jones

Photo: Galaxy midfielder David Beckham. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images