This wasn't a good weekend to root for an MLS team in the Eastern Conference.
Columbus got obliterated 6-2 by Seattle, Kansas City fell apart in the last 4 minutes against Dallas and Houston failed to win a road game for the 13th time this season in Vancouver.* If you picked up that all three Eastern clubs lost to clubs from the Western Conference, you're not alone. The West rules the MLS.
*Here's how bad it was: The only Eastern team to win a game this weekend was Chicago. Of course, Hurricane Irene did cause the cancellation of DC United-Portland.
Just how dominant has the West been? If you were to rank the teams based on points, six of the top seven teams in the league are Western teams. (If you want to get really literal about the whole thing, seven of the ten likely playoff teams are based west of the Mississipi. So much for East Coast bias.)
If the playoffs started today, you'd get five teams from each conference.
Columbus, Kansas City, Houston (automatic); Philadelphia, New York (wildcards)
Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas (automatic); Colorado, Real Salt Lake (wildcards)
If you look at the matches that pitted likely Eastern playoff teams against likely Western playoff teams this season, the West comes out on top with a record of 16-9-15.
(No Eastern Conference playoff team has a winning record against its Western counterparts: Columbus is 4-4-1, Sporting is 2-4-2, Houston is 2-2-4, Philadelphia is 0-3-5 and New York is 1-3-3.)
Sporting leaking late goals
On Friday, I broke down when Sporting KC tends to score and concede goals. The most alarming number was that KC allowed NINE goals in the last 15 minutes of games.
One day later, Dallas added two more goals to that terrifying tally. On the season, Sporting have given up 11 goals.
When Sporting KC allows goals (updates in bold)
1st-15th minute: 4