Saturday, September 09, 2006

Puerto Rico gets big win while Seattle takes a hard fall

The Puerto Rico Islanders beat Miami FC in stellar fashion as they came back from two down to win yesterdays game 4-2. This moves the Islanders into the sixth spot, while Miami stays in fifth, still looking for a point to clinch a spot in post season.

In the other match involving a playoff hopeful, Seattle fell on the road 2-3 to the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Sounders took a lead in the 30th, but Vancouver answered before the half. The Whitecaps then had a great run in the middle of the second half that saw them up 3-1. Seattle did manage to get one goal back in the 88th, but it was too late for a miracle. Seattle now must win tonight if they want any chance of staying in the playoff hunt.

The other Friday match saw Montreal finish up their regular season with a 0-0 tie against country-mates Toronto Lynx. If Rochester fails to get a win tonight against Minnesota, Montreal will end the season in first place.

Here is the new table:

y Montreal Impact2851
x Rochester Raging Rhinos2646
x Charleston Battery2745
x Vancouver Whitecaps2743
Miami FC2738
Puerto Rico Islanders2737
Atlanta Silverbacks2635
Seattle Sounders2734

x - clinched playoff spot
y - clinched one of the top two spots, earning a bye in the first round of the playoffs
All teams play 28 matches

Here is the schedule again:
Miami and Puerto Rico play on Sunday in Puerto Rico
Atlanta plays Seattle on Saturday and Vancouver on Sunday. Both are road matches
Seattle plays Atlanta on Saturday.

Here are the scenarios:
If Miami gets at least a tie on Sunday, they are in. If they lose, they can still get in provided Atlanta either ties both or loses one of their remaining matches.

Puerto Rico can advance with a victory or a tie as long as Atlanta either ties both or loses one of their remaining matches. They can also advance with a loss provided that Atlanta ties both their remaining matches.

Atlanta can advance with two wins or one win and a tie. If they win one game but lose the other, they can advance as long as Miami beats Puerto Rico.

Seattle must win tonight and hope for Miami to beat Puerto Rico and for Vancouver to beat Atlanta on Sunday.

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