Monday Musings – MLS Playoff Picture & Schedule

This piece will be updated as the tournament progresses…

The dust is barely settling on decision day, but we’ve got everything you need to know about the upcoming Major League Soccer playoffs!

We ended up with some unlikely teams in the playoffs, including my hometown side Real Salt Lake, who advanced after the LA Galaxy gave up a 2-goal lead to lose 3-2 to FC Dallas. The Columbus Crew also advanced to the the playoffs with a 3-2 win over Minnesota United.

Without further ado, here’s what to look forward to as the playoffs get underway.

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Monday Musings – MLS Playoff Picture

We’re getting down to the wire in the Major League Soccer Season with 4 teams still in the running for a playoff spot. The Eastern Conference is closer to locked up, with only 2 teams vying for the final slot. The Western Conference has 2 teams fighting for the final spot. There are only two teams left competing for the Supporters Shield, and it’ll be a battle between Atlanta United (69) who have been rampant this season averaging almost 2.1 points per game, but NY Red Bulls (68) are hot on their tail. The Western Conference is almost a full 10 points behind either of these teams with their closest competitors.

Here is a little about each team and what their chances are for making the post season:

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The Future of the U.S. Men’s National Team – Part 2

Note: This is Part 2 of a look at the potential future of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Yesterday, I took a look at the defensive side of the pitch. Today, it’s the offense. The positions listed below is where they are currently categorized by US Soccer, but some midfielders are perfectly capable of playing defense or forward and vice versa.

Midfielders
Kellyn AcostaColorado Rapids (Major League Soccer (United States)) – Acosta has been playing in MLS since shortly after his 18th birthday in 2013. Born in Texas, he started as a homegrown player with FC Dallas, making 117 appearances for the senior club from 2013-2018, scoring nine goals. He recently moved to the Rapids and has had a quick start there, scoring twice in his two games with the club. On the international side, he was on the U.S. squad for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, a tournament that the U.S. won, and has made a total of 17 appearances with the USMNT.

Tyler AdamsNew York Red Bulls (MLS) – Adams is only 19, and joined the Red Bulls Academy at the age of 12, playing with the club’s youth teams before signing his first professional contract at the age of 16. He debuted with the Red Bulls in a friendly against Chelsea, scoring a goal in a game the Red Bulls went on to win. He is now a regular starter for the club. He made his international debut with the USMNT in a friendly against Portugal in 2017, and has made a total of six appearances with the club.

Paul ArriolaD.C. United (MLS) – Arriola began his professional career with Tijuana of Liga MX (Mexico), opting to play 18 miles away from his hometown of San Diego instead of taking an opportunity with the LA Galaxy. He made the most of his time there, playing in 83 matches and scoring four times. He garnered the attention of D.C. United, where he signed a contract in August 2017 and where he remains. He made his international debut with USMNT in a friendly against Puerto Rico in 2016, notching a goal and an assist in a win. He has made a total of 16 appearances for the national team.

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