When Sporting Kansas City and the Philadelphia Union square off at Livestrong Sporting Park Friday night (8:30 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel), first place in the Eastern Conference will be up for grabs. If the teams don't play to a draw, the winner will move into the conference's top spot. Considering no team has been able to cement its place as the top dog in the East, though, it feels like that spot has been up for grabs for months.
The race for the top seed in the East is so highly contested, in fact, that six teams are within striking distance of first place. Granted, New York winning the conference seems like an afterthought following the club's mid-week meltdown, but the Red Bulls are still currently just five points off the pace with five games remaining.
Even D.C. United, which is six points out of first but has at least two games in hand on its five chief competitors, has an outside shot at capturing first place and has matches against Philadelphia, SKC and Columbus still on the schedule. The Crew, mired in a four-match winless streak, are currently in first, and the Houston Dynamo, despite not having a single road win all season, are just two points out of first, although they have the fewest games remaining (four) out of all of the contenders.
With all that said, which team do you see finishing first in the Eastern Conference? Cast your vote after the jump:
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