Normally, I would take a great deal of glee in the the San Jose 4-0 win over New England, and to a certain extent, I do. But MLS's best team has been playing depleted over the past few weeks and it would be the silly (or foolish) person who thinks that New England will not only make the playoffs but see action in their third strait MLS Cup appearence.
But how important are Shalrie Joseph and Michael Parkhurst to that squad? Joseph out serving a red card suspension cost the Revolution their holding midfielder and when he isn't in, even the Earthquakes run rampant. Parkhurst, who just returned from Olympic duty and resting this game, has a presence in the Revolution back line that probably would have prevented two, if not all three, of the goals scored in the final 20 minutes of the match.
So while Columbus moved ahead of New England at the top of the Eastern Conference, don't expect that to be the situation for long.