The L.A. Galaxy, that MLS "Super club" created by AEG and Alexi Lalas (of course Lalas is gone) sits in the cellar--of the entire league.
The Galaxy have two of the leagues leading scorers in Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle, have scored 44 goals this season but have conceded 47. Toronto FC and the woeful Kansas City Wizards have a worse goal differential.
Kansas City, Toronto, the Galaxy and FC Dallas all sit on 26 points with seven games to go. If the playoffs started today, the second season would begin with:
From the East: Columbus, Chicago and New England
From the West: Houston, Real Salt Lake, Chivas USA
Wildcards: DC Uited and New York Red Bulls
Who to watch for: San Jose.
Currently the expansion Earthquakes 2.0 have been making a run for the playoffs. They sit four points from both DC and New York, and San Jose is making the case. Given the up and down of DC United, it is not out of the realm of possibility. San Jose is on an eight game unbeaten streak in the MLS. The outplayed DC United over the weekend to win in San Jose.
Now San Jose have a tough road to travel in the next seven matches where they will face Houston (home and away) in the next two games, and will face Real Salt Lake,FC Dallas, Chivas USA, Kansas City, and close out against Toronto FC at home.
DC will face FC Dallas (home), the Galaxy (away), FC Dallas(away), Chivas (home), Houston (away), New England (home), and Columbus (away) in the MLS season. But at the same time, DC is playing in the CONCACAF Champions League group play five Champions League group games before they face Columbus. The fixture congestion is such that DC is literally playing every 3-4 days between now and the end of October.
New York will face Real Salt Lake (H), Columbus (A), Colorado (H), Toronto (H), Real Salt Lake (A), Columbus (H), and Chicago (A).
All San Jose has to do is just get enough points to pass New York or DC United and United look like they could be the best pickings, but really it won't matter. New York is still struggling to score so I figure they will get 9 or ten points out of their next seven games. Thus, San Jose would need to get 14 or 15 points out of the next 21 possible to over take New York. So I think the magic number for San Jose will be 16 points to make the playoffs.
With the way they have been playing, that is certainly possible.