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MLS Cup Playoffs Race: Galaxy in; 17 teams to compete for 9 berths in next 6 weeks

MLS Cup Playoffs Race:
Galaxy in; 17 teams to compete for 9 berths in next 6 weeks
NASR members vote D.C. United’s Charlie Davies MLS Player of the Week
NEW YORK (Monday, September 12, 2011) – Thanks to their win against the Colorado Rapids on Friday night, the LA Galaxy became the first club to claim a spot in the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs. Now, with six weeks left in the regular season, 17 teams will compete for nine remaining playoff berths. Seattle Sounders FC are the only club with a chance to secure a spot in the coming week.
Seattle Sounders FC will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF:
·         Seattle defeats D.C. United AND
o    Portland loses to New England AND
o    Houston loses to either Columbus OR San Jose this week
No team can be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention based on results from games in the coming week.
Last year, the Galaxy were the first team to clinch a playoff berth, doing so with five weeks remaining in the regular season. This year, they did it with six weeks still left to be played – the earliest a team has clinched since FC Dallas in 2006, also with six weeks remaining.
A look at the current MLS postseason standings, as well as the wild card race, is available HERE.
D.C. United Forward Charlie Davies voted MLS Player of the Week
D.C. United forward Charlie Davies was voted MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 26 after scoring a hat-trick to lead his team to a 3-0 road victory over Chivas USA.
United moved into the final playoff position with the win. The three-goal performance from Davies ended his nine-game scoring drought and moved him up to third on the MLS goal-scoring chart with 11 goals this season, one behind leaders Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) and Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls).
Davies’ first goal came on the end of a swift D.C. counter-attack. United midfielder Chris Pontius, who assisted on all three of Davies’ goals, brought the ball up the right side and fired a low ball across the penalty area. Davies ran onto the perfectly-weighted pass and finished at the back post. Davies’ second goal came after a failed clearance by Chivas USA fell to Pontius, who calmly fed Davies to slot home from 12 yards out. He completed his hat-trick in the 66th minute on a similar play to the opening tally, with Pontius breaking into space before feeding across to a wide-open Davies.
The 25-year-old forward is the fourth D.C. United player to earn Player of the Week honors in the past six weeks, and he received 12 of the 18 first-place votes cast, while teammate Pontius won four first-place votes. Davies leads United in goals scored after starting the season in great form, but had not scored since June 25.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information can be found at
Week 26: Charlie Davies (D.C. United)
Week 24: Lamar Neagle (Seattle Sounders FC)
Week 23: Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Week 22: Chris Pontius (D.C. United)
Week 21: Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)
Week 20: Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)
Week 19: Sanna Nyassi (Colorado Rapids)
Week 18: Mauro Rosales (Seattle Sounders FC)
Week 17: Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders FC)
Week 16: Joel Lindpere (New York Red Bulls)
Week 15: Mike Magee (LA Galaxy)
Week 14: Bernardo Anor (Columbus Crew)
Week 13: Steven Lenhart (San Jose Earthquakes)
Week 12: Jean Alexandre (Real Salt Lake)
Week 11: Justin Mapp (Philadelphia Union)
Week 10: Jeff Parke (Seattle Sounders FC)
Week 9: Justin Braun (Chivas USA)
Week 8: Joao Plata (Toronto FC)
Week 7: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo)
Week 6: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Week 5: Luke Rodgers (New York Red Bulls)
Week 4: David Ferreira (FC Dallas)
Week 3: Camilo (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Week 2: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)
Week 1: Omar Bravo (Sporting Kansas City)
To see the AT&T Goal of the Week nominees according to, CLICK HERE.
Wednesday, September 7
Philadelphia Union 4, New England Revolution 4
·         Sebastien Le Toux scores twice in final 10 minutes as Union overcome three-goal deficit for draw
Friday, September 9
LA Galaxy 1, Colorado Rapids 0
·         Landon Donovan scores 12th goal of season as overall leader Galaxy clinch spot in MLS Cup Playoffs
Saturday, September 10
Seattle Sounders FC 1, Real Salt Lake 2
·         Bizarre own goal, missed penalty and second-half goal from Alvaro Saborio all lead to RSL road win
Sporting Kansas City 3, Houston Dynamo 0
·         Teal Bunbury scores two goals as Sporting conclude long homestand tied for first in East
Columbus Crew 2, Toronto FC 4
·         Led by goal and assist from Julian de Guzman, TFC rolls to first-ever victory vs. Columbus
New England Revolution 2, FC Dallas 0
·         Goals from Shalrie Joseph and Rajko Lekic snap seven-game winless streak for Revolution
New York Red Bulls 1, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1
·         Juan Agudelo’s second-half goal provides the equalizer as Whitecaps FC remain winless on the road
Philadelphia Union 0, Portland Timbers 0
·         Rookie Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath records first shutout in rebounding from first pro start
Chivas USA 0, D.C. United 3
·         Charlie Davies scored all three goals, set up on each by Chris Pontius, as United take a crucial victory
San Jose Earthquakes 2, Chicago Fire 0
·         Quakes put end to 13-game winless run behind goals from Chris Wondolowski and Ramiro Corrales