Independence Day has come and gone in the United States (as well as Canada Day for our fans north of the border) which usually signifies something in the MLS calendar: the time to make your move is now. Most teams have played around 16-17 matches, and as we enter the second half of the season, it's clear more now than ever that this year's playoff race is going to be hotly contested.
With MLS going to a much more streamlined (and understandable) playoff system, the scoreboard watching is going to be easier. With the Eastern Conference returning to it's past form, the race is getting tighter all over the table, not just at the bottom.
Only nine points (essentially three games, if this were another American sport) separates the first seed in the East from the fifth, meaning not only is most of the conference involved, they're all tightly packed. With the Revolution playing fellow I-95 rivals New York on Sunday night, it's another huge week in the race for the playoffs.
After the jump we highlight the Eastern Conference table and preview the big matches this weekend in the East!
|2||Sporting Kansas City||32||17||10||5||2||23||17||6||6-2-0||4-3-2||W-T-L-L-W|
|3||New York Red Bulls||31||17||9||4||4||32||25||7||5-0-2||4-4-2||T-L-T-W-T|
|7||New England Revolution||19||16||5||7||4||22||22||0||4-1-3||1-6-1||L-W-T-T-T|