Sunday, September 10, 2006

Puerto Rico, Miami in; Seattle, Atlanta out

All the hopes for Seattle Sounders and Atlanta Silverback fans came to an end on the island of Puerto Rico as the home team walked away with a 1-1 tie against Miami.

The Islanders were down a goal as the game entered the final 10-minutes, but then in the 81st a call in the box went their way and a penalty kick was awarded. Norambuena stepped up to take the shot with the team needing a goal to secure their place in the post season. Sure enough, Norambuena was up to the task and placed it nicely in the back of the net.

Both teams walk away happy with this tie as it gives them both the point they need to make it into the playoffs.

Atlanta still plays Vancouver at 7pm PT, but it is for little more then the chance to end the 2006 campaign on a good note. For Seattle, their defeat in Vancouver on Friday must be hurting them at this point. Had that game gone differently, they would be the one taking the final playoff spot.

Congratulations to Miami FC for making it to the playoffs in their first season of play and for Puerto Rico for making it in their third season.

Here is the new table:

y Montreal Impact2851
y Rochester Raging Rhinos2749
x Charleston Battery2745
x Vancouver Whitecaps2743
x Miami FC2839
x Puerto Rico Islanders2838
Seattle Sounders2837
Atlanta Silverbacks2735

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

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