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16 September 8:13 am

One game changes everything. A week ago, the Dynamo were sitting just outside the playoff picture. After a 1-0 in Philadelphia over the Union, they're now alone in fourth place with 40 points. Of course, there's no time to relax with six games left, as everything can get jumbled up again just as fast. With that, let's look around the conference to see how the rest of the playoff contenders ended up.

Columbus Crew 2, Montreal Impact 1

Just when you're ready to write the Crew off, they go and do something like this. Go on the road and get a comeback win over one of the top three teams in the East. Their playoff hopes still look to be dependent on other results, but they do have games three games remaining against two teams—Chicago and New England—that are also fighting for one of those final playoff spots. Columbus has played 29 games though, whereas most of their competition have only played 28.

Montreal, on the other hand, stays put with 45 points and in second place. They hold two games in hand over first-place New York and thus have a small edge in terms of points per game.

New York Red Bulls 2, Toronto FC 0

New York broke the three-way tie at the top of the table with a road win over Toronto FC, leaving Montreal and Sporting Kansas City behind for the moment. New York is one of three teams in the top eight of the conference that have played 29 games, while Montreal and Kansas City have only played 27 and 28, respectively. Expect plenty more jostling in those spots as teams make up those games.

Chicago Fire 3, New England Revolution 2

New England and Philadelphia started the weekend in playoff spots, but flipped positions with their opponents after Saturday night. Chicago took all three points after an 86th minute game-winner from Alex, and jumped into the fifth playoff spot, just one point behind the Dynamo. New England is now two points outside of playoff group. Chicago is tied on points with Philadelphia (with a game in hand), but is rated ahead by virtue of having more wins than the Union.

A Revolution win would have placed them level with the Dynamo on points, pushing the Dynamo down to fifth place on the 'goals for' tiebreaker.

Speaking of tiebreakers, here's the order for a quick refresher:

  1. Most wins
  2. Goals For
  3. Goal Differential
  4. Fewest Disciplinary Points
  5. Road Goals
  6. Road Goal Differential
  7. Home Goals
  8. Home Goal Differential
  9. Coin Toss (2 teams) or Drawing of Lots (3 or more)

The Dynamo currently have 11 wins; one more than Philadelphia, New England and Columbus, equal with Chicago, two less than Kansas City and Montreal, and three less than New York. Houston has scored the least amount of goals out of the top eight, however.

Now that the Dynamo are in playoff position, it's time to create some separation and possibly make a move into the top three spots—which would avoid a one-game playoff to start the postseason. The mission starts this Saturday against Chivas USA at BBVA Compass Stadium, get your tickets here to catch the action!


12 September 5:20 pm

Eddie Robinson breaks down what's at stake in Saturday's match against the Philadelphia Union (6:30 p.m. CT; CSN Plus / Mega TV / MLS Stream of the Week) in the latest edition of Dynamo TV's "This Week."

12 September 12:39 pm

Great news Dynamo fans. You can watch this Saturday's match vs. the Philadelphia Union (6:30 p.m. CT) for free wherever you are, thanks to's Stream of the Week, presented by the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Just log-in to before the game and you're all set to go to watch this crucial Eastern Conference matchup.

FLASH PLAYER REQUIRED: You will need Adobe's Flash player to watch the MLS Stream of the Week. This means it is not available on all devices.

12 September 11:22 am

Dynamo broadcaster Glenn Davis is back on the air tonight with a new episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College. The show will air on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM from 7-9 p.m.

Glenn will get you ready for the Dynamo's big weekend matchup against the Philadelphia Union with calls and interviews.

Listen in as Glenn talks everything Dynamo!

The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.

Click here to listen to a live stream.

11 September 10:07 am

Tune in to ESPN 97.5 FM tonight for a new episode of Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis! Glenn will cover your reaction to the USA vs. Mexico match last night, as well as the United States and Costa Rica qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Tune in and give Glenn a call with your thoughts!

Tonight's episode airs from 8-10 p.m. and can be heard on the radio on 97.5 FM or online at

The call-in number for the show is 713-780-3776.

09 September 2:36 pm

Go behind the scenes at BBVA Compass Stadium of the Dynamo's match vs. the New York Red Bulls on Sept. 8, 2013 in the latest edition of TunnelVision from Dynamo TV.

09 September 12:35 pm

After the latest round of games in the Eastern Conference, the leaders are starting to separate from the pack, but the Dynamo remain right in the thick of things on the edge of the playoff hunt.

While currently in a rut following a 4-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls, the teams around the Dynamo didn’t fare much better as the Dynamo remain in sixth place in the conference. Let’s sift through the results from the weekend and see how they affect the conference race.

Sporting Kansas City 3, Columbus Crew 0
Columbus received a bit of a lifeline after beating the Dynamo in a midweek match, but Sporting Kansas City brought them back down to earth with an authoritative effort.

Kansas City briefly moved into sole possession of first place in the East with the win, but their co-leaders quickly caught up with them as the weekend wore on. As of now they sit in third place with 45 points due to tiebreakers.

Columbus’ situation looks bleaker and bleaker each week, as they’re still five points back of the red line marking who’s in and out of the playoffs. What’s worse for them is that the teams they’re chasing hold at least one game in hand over the Black and Gold. They’re still in this, but only barely.

Seattle Sounders 2, Chicago Fire 1
Chicago looked to be headed for a well-earned road point at CenturyLink Field, but a Zach Scott cross bundled off of Gonzalo Segares for an own goal in the 89th minute to send the Fire home with nothing.

With the loss, Chicago stays two points back of Houston and New England with 35 points, though the Fire hold a game in hand on both clubs. They will make that difference up on Wednesday night against Toronto FC at BMO Field.

Montreal Impact 4, New England Revolution 2
New England went down to 10 men in the 5th minute at home against Montreal, and Patrice Bernier and Marco Di Vaio scored two goals each to push Montreal back to the top of the standings.

The Impact continue to lead the East with 45 points and still carry two games in hand over New York and Kansas City, who are tied with the Canadians on points.

The Revolution stay at 37 points, tied with the Dynamo. New England holds the fifth and final playoff spot, however, due to the goals scored tiebreaker (the first tiebreaker is wins—both teams have a 10-10-7 record).

San Jose Earthquakes 1, Philadelphia Union 0
Philadelphia went down a goal in the 15th minute in San Jose, the Earthquakes went down a man in the 57th minute, but the Union weren’t able to find an equalizer at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Philadelphia holds their place in fourth, but the gap between them and third place has widened to six points. The Dynamo remain only two points behind the Union, meaning they could leapfrog into sole possession of the fourth spot with a win in Philly this Saturday.

While the Dynamo’s own result didn’t go their way on Sunday, the rest of the clubs fighting for the last two playoff spots didn’t do any damage either. Every team in the East retained their spot in the standings, with the top three clubs starting to pull away from the rest.

Keep your eye on the scoreboard for Wednesday night’s Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire match, a Chicago loss or draw will keep them behind the Dynamo going into next weekend.