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The MLS 500 Club – Houston(formerly San Jose)

The charter clubs of MLS are crossing the 500 regular season ‘games played threshold’ this season. This is the ninth and final entry in this series that presents all-time records in league play.

Now I know some of you might bring up the issue that San Jose, the new expansion San Jose, has retained the records and history of the original San Jose MLS franchise(similar to the Browns in the NFL). Not me. I’m old school on this. The team of Eddie Robinson, Richard Mulrooney, Dwayne De Rosario, Brian Mullan, Pat Onstad, and Brian Ching, among others, that migrated to Houston in 2006 is a 4 time MLS Cup winner. Nothing makes me as batty as hearing some announcer discuss the 2 MLS Cups San Jose has won, referring to the current incarnation of the team.

OK, so now you know my stance and why I present the all-time record of the Houston/San Jose franchise, having played their 500th league match in their brand new ballpark, in Houston. Oh the irony.

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Playoff Brouhaha

Oh the whines and cries of so many folks as the West dominates the MLS standings heading into the playoffs.
It’s not a bad argument to want the playoffs to be seeded as in a single table format. We in the US are accustomed to that and it makes logical sense as the best chance to end up with the two best teams, at least based on seeding, in the final.
Now here is the reality of the potential matchups.

First, with the current standings, the matchups would be …

LA v Seattle – LA won both league matches
RSL v Dallas – The teams split their two matches

RBNY v San Jose – The teams split their two matches
Columbus v Colorado -  The teams split their two matches

If higher seeds win …

LA v RSL – The teams split their two matches

RBNY v Columbus – Columbus won both matches

LA v RBNY – The teams split their two matches

NOTE -
#2 RSL won and drew v #5 RBNY, RSL and #6 Columbus split their matches
#3 Dallas lost and drews v #5 RBNY, Dallas #6 Columbus drew their matches
#4 Seattle and #5 RBNY split their two matches, Seattle won and drew v #6 Columbus

Where is the dominance of the higher seeds? They won 4, lost 3 and drew 5 vs lower seeds from the east.
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Now if the playoffs were based on seeding 1-8 …

LA v San Jose – San Jose won 1 and 1 draw
Seattle v RBNY – The teams split their two matches

RSL v Colorado – They drew once and play this weekend
Dallas v Columbus – Two draws

If higher seeds win …

LA v Seattle – LA won both league matches
RSL v Dallas -  The teams split their two matches

LA v RSL -  The teams split their two matches


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