FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 01: Kevin Alston #30 of the New England Revolution and Fredy Montero #17 of the Seattle Sounders FC battle for the ball in the first half on October 1, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The dog days of summer are quickly approaching, which can only mean one thing: the race for the playoffs in Major League Soccer is about to become as hot as the weather. Old school powerhouses are returning to the top (D.C. United) and a few new kids on the block are staking their claim to the title (Sporting Kansas City).
Here in New England, it's time to make the donuts (kids of my generation will appreciate that D&D throwback). Currently sitting on 18 points, which, to be fair, is ahead of last year's pace, the Revs currently occupy the #7 slot in the East, however only trailing #5 Houston by 2 points. If New England is going to make a run at this, they've got to not only keep pace with the rest of the pack, but steal a few results on the way.
Here's the problem: The East is good, and to make matters worse, expansion side Montreal Impact are for real. So, the task at hand is two-fold, really: keep pace with those in front of you, and don't get beat by Montreal, who happens to be right behind you only on goal differential.
After the jump, we break down this weekend's marquee match-ups in the Eastern Conference playoff race!
|2||New York Red Bulls||30||16||9||4||3||31||24||7||5-0-2||4-4-1||W-T-L-T-W|
|3||Sporting Kansas City||29||16||9||5||2||20||16||4||6-2-0||3-3-2||W-W-T-L-L|
|7||New England Revolution||18||15||5||7||3||20||20||0||4-1-2||1-6-1||T-L-W-T-T|