Final MLS Cup Playoff standings
Edson Buddle couldn't zero in on the Golden Boot, but his LA Galaxy managed a bigger prize on Sunday after securing the Supporters Shield with a 2-1 win against FC Dallas.
With the playoff picture set, here's a glance at the Conference Semi-Final match-ups:
Los Angeles Galaxy (1W) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (4W) - The Galaxy won both regular season meetings by a substantial 7-1 margin, but both matches were played early in the season. Sounders FC are a different team now than they were at the time of those results and should provide a stiff test for the Galaxy.
Real Salt Lake (2W) vs. FC Dallas (3W) - These two teams split their regular season series, both games ending with 2-0 results. Real recently knocked FC Dallas off their record 19-game unbeaten streak. Although FC Dallas enters the playoffs on a two-game skid, the MLS Cup holders have their hands full.
New York Red Bulls (1E) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (4E) - San Jose and New York split their regular season series, but the Quakes hold a 4-2 aggregate. The Red Bulls looked impressive a 2-0 win against San Jose at Red Bull Arena on Aug. 28, but don't go chalk on this one without considering the Quakes.
Columbus Crew (2E) vs. Colorado Rapids (3E) - Will Hesmer's absence is significant a blow to the Crew's title hopes. These two teams split their regular season series, but the Crew managed a 3-2 aggregate.
|x - Los Angeles Galaxy (1W)||59||30||18||7||5||44||26||18|
|x - Real Salt Lake (2W)||56||30||15||4||11||45||20||25|
|x - New York Red Bulls (1E)||51||30||15||9||6||38||29||9|
|x - Columbus Crew (2E)||50||30||14||8||8||40||34||6|
|x - FC Dallas (3W)||50||30||12||4||14||42||28||14|
|x - Seattle Sounders (4W)||48||30||14||10||6||39||35||4|
|x - Colorado Rapids (5W)||46||30||12||8||10||44||32||12|
|x - San Jose Earthquakes (6W)||46||30||13||10||7||34||33||1|
|Kansas City Wizards||39||30||11||13||6||36||35||1|
|New England Revolution||32||30||9||16||5||32||50||-18|
|Conference winners and runners up|
|Eliminated from playoff contention.|
MLS Cup Playoff Matchups:
|Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
New York Red Bulls (1E)
Columbus Crew (2E)
LA Galaxy (1W)
Real Salt Lake (2W)