Well, the good news is that Sporting Kansas City are definitely in the playoffs and currently in first place in the Eastern Conference.
Unfortunately, we won't know until later tonight just where exactly they'll fit into the playoff picture. There are a slew of matches today to end the regular season, but obviously there are a few games that stand out more than the others.
In one of his latest articles, Ives Galarcep broke down the many playoff possibilities, including what would happen if Kansas City were to draw, or lose to DC tonight ;
If Sporting KC can't post the win they need, then Columbus will have a chance to cap it's own surprisingly successful season with a win and first place. The Crew were never supposed to be a contender for first place. Not after purging the roster and parting ways with former MLS MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotta in the off-season. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year in Columbus, but Crew head coach Robert Warzycha had other plans and helped transition a plethora of new faces and produce better results than anybody could have expected.
Galarcep does mention the following in his piece;
Kansas City will have the chance to not only secure the No. 1 overall seed, but also to gather momentum heading into the club's first playoff appearance in three years. Sporting KC is widely regarded as the East team best equipped to challenge for the MLS Cup title, and can look the part of title contender by delivering a strong match against a D.C. United team they have no excuse for not beating.
Can't say I disagree with the idea that Sporting KC are the best team in the East, although I don't think they are head and shoulders above a couple of the other Eastern Conference teams like some in the media seem to believe.
What do you think? Are Sporting KC the best team in the East? And if so, how much better do you think they are than the other teams?