The soccer news starts with what we don't know with a week left in the 2019 MLS regular season. In the Eastern Conference, it's the order of the playoff teams. NYCFC won the East in week 30, somewhat of a foregone conclusion. New England took the last playoff spot but could end up finishing a spot higher.
The Revs can't pass the Red Bulls since New York holds the total wins tiebreaker. New England is at Atlanta with United looking to hang onto 2nd-place tied on points with 3rd-place Philadelphia at 55. 4th-place DC United can't catch either of them six points back. 5th-place New York could move past DC United but it would take DC not beating FC Cincinnati at home. 6th-place Toronto could pass both of them should they beat Columbus at home and DC and New York don't win.
Should Toronto win while DC draws, it would leave both of them on 50 points and 13 total wins. That would mean goal difference as the tiebreaker with both teams at +4. Toronto winning would push that in their favor.
What that means is plenty left to play for in a division with all of their playoff teams in place. It's a different story in the Western Conference.
Let's take a positive view of what's been happening in MLS. That means we'll ignore the multiple chances and squandered opportunities for teams in both conferences to seal things weeks ago. Instead, it's an exciting Decision Day in the Western Conference with two playoff spots still up for grabs.
6th-place Portland and 7th-place Dallas haven't clinched, with 8th-place San Jose and 9th-place Colorado still in contention. Conveniently, Portland hosts San Jose and the Earthquakes will pass them in the standings with a win. FC Dallas hosts Sporting KC, with Sporting already out of the playoffs in 10th-place.
Colorado in 9th-place would need a lot of help to make the playoffs. Step one is needing to beat LAFC at Banc of California Stadium. That would get them to 45 points, tied with FC Dallas. To take 7th-place from Dallas they'd also need the tiebreaker. Both teams have 12 total wins, so that pushes it to goal difference. Dallas enters Decision Day at +2 with the Rapids at -3. That would need quite the swing, but this is MLS so no shocked looks should it happen.
LAFC won the West weeks ago. Even their dip in form still has them 16 points ahead of 2nd-place Minnesota and 3rd-place Seattle both on 53 points. They're tied on total wins with United ahead +10 to +2 on goal difference. That makes 2nd-place Minnesota's to lose. Once again, let's forget about all the angst it caused over the regular season and thank the MLS schedule since Seattle hosts Minnesota on Decision Day.
4th and 5th-place aren't set in the West with the Galaxy two points behind Minnesota and Seattle and Real Salt Lake a point behind them. Should LA win at Houston and Minnesota and Seattle draw, all three would finish on 54 points. That would hand the Galaxy 2nd-place on the first tiebreaker 17 total wins to 15. Total wins would also favor Real Salt Lake should they win at Vancouver and either Minnesota or Seattle loses.
MLSsoccer's Matthew Doyle reviews week 30 in MLS. The Columbus Dispatch's Michael Arace looks at how the Crew closed out its home schedule. The Observer's Louise Taylor looks at what's happening with Newcastle United under Steve Bruce. Football 365's Daniel Storey reviews the Premier League weekend. The Athletic's Ryan Conway covers the situation at Derby County.
Bundeslia.com talks to USMNT and Werder Bremen forward Josh Sargent. Bundesliga Fanatic's Niklas Wildhagen explains what happens with TV rights fees in the Bundesliga. ESPN+ officially announces that they're adding the Bundesliga next season. The Telegraph's Sam Wallace profiles Ligue 1 club Lille.
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