Toronto FC still in the hunt

Steven Sandor, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 6:31 PM ET

The New York Red Bulls are the definition of awful.

They’ve only won four games and are going to celebrate next season by moving to suburban Newark, far away from the few remaining New Yorkers who care about them. No wins and only two goals in 12 road games.

San Jose is better, but not by much.

Both were out of the playoff picture sometime in May, but they will both have a lot to say about which teams survive the MLS wild-card race.

Why? The Wretched Bulls and Earthquakes both did TFC massive favours on the weekend, taking points away from wild-card contenders. Colorado got a dubious penalty in time added on and escaped from San Jose with a 1-1 draw, while New York tied New England.

Despite losing on the weekend, TFC remained just two points out of a playoff spot.

Really, not getting three points in an upcoming game against either San Jose or New York could cost a team the post-season. Tonight, Colorado, three points up on TFC, faces San Jose, who are winless on the road in ‘09. Nothing less than three points will do for the Rapids, while TFC players will hope Canadian coach Frank Yallop can manage his Quakes to at least another draw.

And it doesn’t stop there; the Quakes will have even more to say about who makes the playoffs or not. After the Rapids match, their schedule includes games away to wild-card contenders D.C. United, Toronto FC and Chivas USA. And, out of New York’s final four games, three are against teams in the wild-card race; away to Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake, and the regular-season finale at home to Toronto FC.


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