MLS Power Rankings: Week 28

RSL stay on top, Galaxy climb back to No. 2
Power Rankings: Week 28

Two huge draws left the Power Rankings in limbo this week. RSL and New York settled nothing, and FCD's back-and-forth deadlock with Colorado left us wanting. The Galaxy, meanwhile, nudged up a spot, and the Crew tumbled to their lowest spot this season.

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Monday Postgame: Seattle, San Jose qualify, plus Coach of the Year?

Breaking down MLS Week 28 and the race for the MLS Cup
Monday Postgame

NEW YORK — Big things came in twos this week as the MLS stretch run kicked into overdrive.

Two American players produced two-goal games, two more teams clinched playoff berths, two more were eliminated, and two are battling for the eighth and final spot—with two weeks remaining.

Let’s double down for a closer look.

Playoff Picture: Sun Setting In the East

Both Seattle and San Jose punched postseason tickets with impressive wins on the road, results that also eliminated Eastern Conference hopefuls Chicago and Toronto from playoff contention.

Post-match interviews: D.C. United vs San Jose Earthquakes

Saturday, October 9, 2010 - DC 0, San Jose 2
Post-match interviews

Season just gets better for SJ, Wondolowski

Striker sends Quakes to playoffs, closes in on club record
MVP calls for Wondolowski


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WASHINGTON - Chris Wondolowski has done it all for the San Jose Earthquakes this season, and on Saturday night — thanks to a victory on the road against D.C. United and the Sounders' defeat of the Kansas City Wizards — he led the Earthquakes into the playoffs for the first time since the franchise restarted in 2008.

Wondolowski scored both goals for the Earthquakes in their 2-0 playoff-clinching victory over the United. Although not a constant threat throughout the match, Wondolowski scored in trademarks style.

DC puzzled by refs, but blame themselves

Moreno's ejection, defensive errors doom United to 19th loss
DC blame themselves

Jaime Moreno

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WASHINGTON — Saturday’s 2-0 home loss to San Jose marked the 19th setback of the 2010 season for D.C. United, and while many of those defeats bear the same hallmarks, there also seem to be no end to the strange circumstances that arise to trip up the Black-and-Red.

Post-match quotes: D.C. United 0 - San Jose Earthquakes 2

Saturday, October 9, 2010 - RFK Stadium
Quotes: DC vs San Jose




On Jaime Moreno’s red card:
It’s disappointing. Very disappointing I’m disappointed for him. I’ve heard of what happened, I’ve heard it wasn’t much. And it changed the course of the game. And at that point, you know, it becomes kind of a different type of game. You know, it’s not really fun from that point on. You know, the first half was good, the second half wasn’t.

Euro Roundup: Movsisyan scores, Armenia tops Slovakia

Boskovic also sees action as Montenegro surprise Switzerland
Euro wrap: Yura scores

AMSTERDAM – Friday brought a healthy helping of 2012 European Championship qualification in Europe, with former Real Salt Lake ace Yura Movsisyan scoring in Armenia's 3-1 win over visiting Group B leaders Slovakia.

The Randers FC forward beat the offside trap to nutmeg the keeper 23 minutes in, breaking the ice with his second goal in four international matches. The result allowed Russia to climb joint top with a 3-2 win at Ireland.

Commentary: Here’s hoping for drama in Cunningham-Moreno race

FCD's silent star can break the record, and break his silence
Comment: Cunningham quest

Cunningham - Moreno

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Hard to imagine, in this day and age, an athlete on the verge of a landmark achievement not beating his chest and gobbling up the spotlight with the same verve as Kobayashi scarfing down hot dogs.

Where’s the drama? Where’s the media-driven duel in which the protagonist and antagonist trade barbs?

It’s not there. None of it.

Without Najar, DC face new conundrum vs. SJ

Teen phenom suspended for yellow cards; Moreno likely to start
DC without Najar


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WASHINGTON – He stands only 5-foot-7 and weighs 150 lbs. – and those official numbers might even be a tad bit generous – but the suspended Andy Najar leaves massive shoes to fill along D.C. United’s right flank this weekend.

The Honduran-born rookie has gone from unheralded academy signing to primary creative weapon in the space of six months, to the extent that his absence through yellow-card accumulation represents a major challenge for United’s attack against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

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