Monday, October 03, 2005

MPF 2005: A Diagnosis

Why are the Metrostars on the verge of missing the playoffs? They simply haven't got the job done against expansion teams, the only team without a win against RSL and Chivas (three draws in three games). The season opener against RSL was understandable, in the monsoon-like conditions. But the second was not. Away to RSL (on July 4), they gave away a 2 goal lead in the second half and settled for a draw. Then, they had the bad timing to be the first team to go up against Chivas with their reinforcements, and were lucky to get a point.

Currently, they are 3 points behind KC, with a game in hand. But they need the Wizards to drop points, since they'll lose on the second tiebreaker (goal differential). With away games in Chicago and DC, and playing on Sunday after the Saturday matches, the Metros last game might be meaningless. But if it isn't, they have a chance to either continue the trend or stop it at Chivas on the 16th.

Current standings


Points against expansion teams


Points against non-expansion teams


Comments on "MPF 2005: A Diagnosis"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:39 PM, October 03, 2005) : 

Metros were screwed in RSL on a horrid PK call in the last second of the game. Yes, they blew a lead, but that was one of the worst calls I've ever seen. Ball is going out of bounds, Kreis runs into Mendes... PK. Total and utter crap.


Blogger scaryice said ... (3:43 PM, October 03, 2005) : 

Never got the chance to see that cuz it wasn't on tv.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:04 AM, October 04, 2005) : 

The Monsoon game is the only road point RSL has gotten all year. Bad luck there.

They may have been screwed against RSL on the road, but I thought they were pretty lucky to get 1 point against Chivas at home.

Digging through the stats, 1 jumped out at me. They are the second worst team at getting a result when scoring the first goal (2.00 ppg). Only Chivas USA has been worse when scoring first.


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