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The League's Lowdown: October 9 - October 15

A week full of teams qualifying for the playoffs and a week full of heart break for teams that have been eliminated from the playoffs. So much news so lets get started.

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The Week of MLS Games

Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire (2-0 KC)

This game was a game of taking shots and seeing what would stick. Each team took over 15 total shots with only half of them actually being on frame. Sporting Kansas City had the better night and put away two of their shots with goals from Graham Zusi 80' and Dominic Dwyer 92'.

Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (1-0 Vancouver)

Wow! The battle for the Cascadia Cup stays with the very improbable Vancouver Whitecaps who charged into Century Link field and stole the cup away from the Sounders. When it comes down to guts the Whitecaps proved they had it with a goal from Kekuta Manneh 45'.

Montreal Impact vs. New England Revolution (2-2)

This was a good game for both sides but may end up hurting the Revolution who look to avoid the wildcard game for the Eastern Conference playoffs. Goals for Revs came from Kelyn Rowe 16' and Lee Nguyen 69', while the retiring Marco Di Vaio got a brace with goals in 12' and 39'.

Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew (2-3 Crew)

What a let down for the Union who looked poised to make a playoff push but conceded three goals in a span of six minutes which for any club is just inexcusable. Union goals from Danny Cruz 68' and Andrew Wenger 75', while Columbus goals came from Ethan Finlay 78', Justin Meram 79', and Jairo Arrieta 82'.

New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC. (3-1 Red Bulls)

What a game for the Red Bulls who looked to play bully to an injured and well confidence shaken Toronto FC. With all the money and all the talent in the lineup Toronto failed once again to produce a result. Goals for NYRB by Bradley Wright Phillips 26', Ruben Bover Izquierdo 35', and Dax McCarty 44'. Toronto goal from Jonathan Osorio 55'.

Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes (2-0 RSL)

After losing at home to Chivas USA, this was the payback game for RSL who looked to punish a very questionable San Jose team that produced little on either ends of the ball. Goals came from Ned Grabavoy 24' and Sebastian Velasquez 28'.

Chivas USA vs. Colorado Rapids (2-1 Chivas)

What a week for Chivas who have beaten both RSL and now Colorado while their dismantling continues and they get ready to be destroyed for 2 years until a new owner and better leaders can be found. Chivas goals from Kristopher Tyrpak 65' and Felix Borja 85'. Colorado goal from John Neeskens 30'.

Houston Dynamo vs. DC United (3-1 DC)

What a sad game to put the Dynamo out of the playoffs but more will come and a new era will begin. I personally can't wait because we cannot be perfect and this new opportunity brings lots of exciting things to come. The lone Dynamo goal was a PK for Giles Barnes.

FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy (2-1 Dallas)

What a game for FC Dallas to march into LA and take the hottest team in MLS and make them look silly. With Donovan retiring I question the ability of LA to get large amounts of fans and to produce attacking abilities. Goals came from Stefan Ishizaki 22' for LA and David Texeira 52' and Fabian Castillo 87' to give FC Dallas all 3 points.

Other Major News:

The USL Pro

The Timbers announced that they will be fielding a team in 2015 called Timbers 2 which is similar to LA Galaxy 2. The Houston Dynamo also discussed with media that they are in talks with the RGV Vipers owners to field a Dynamo team.

Dominic Kinnear

The end of an era is here and we can only let Dom go because it is the right thing as a human to do. His family and his heart lives in San Jose and after all the groundwork he has done I look forward to a new coach and new ideas along with many new players.