A year after wallowing in the Eastern Conference basement with the worst record in Major League Soccer, the New York Red Bulls are in first place in the East. Their 1-0 victory against Kansas City on Saturday wasn't pretty, but it provided the latest evidence that this Red Bulls squad has learned how to win even when they don't play their best.
The top four teams in MLS all won matches this weekend, with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas all posting victories as they each look to build momentum heading into the post-season.
One team that isn't building momentum head into the playoffs is the Columbus Crew, which saw its winless streak go to four after settling for a scoreless home draw against the San Jose Earthquakes.
If Week 27 did anything, it brought us closer to solidifying the eight MLS playoff teams, and at this point it is looking less and less likely that any Eastern Conference teams are going to catch the trio of Colorado, San Jose and Seattle for the final playoff berths.
Here is a rundown of the Weekend's MLS action:
Seattle Sounders 3, Toronto FC 2
Blaise N'Kufo scores again and the Sounders put together another strong performance. TFC defender Adrian Cann had an awful day, but was hardly alone as Toronto's already faint playoff hopes faded even further. HIGHLIGHTS
Philadelphia Union 1, Houston Dynamo 1
Sebastien LeToux scored yet again, this time with a brilliant equalizer to offset an Andrew Hainault strike. The Union defense put together another respectable performance, but the offense could have used Danny Mwanga in the starting lineup. For Houston, the inconsistent offense was an issue again and Dom Kinnear's off-season shopping list will certainly include a playmaker and striker. HIGHLIGHTS
Columbus Crew 0, San Jose Earthquakes 0
The Crew might have been looking ahead to the U.S. Open Cup Final, but cost itself first place in the East in the process. San Jose will take the road point, and its defense needed a shutout after being thrashed by Chicago at midweek. HIGHLIGHTS
New England Revolution 1, Real Salt Lake 2
RSL striker Alvaro Saborio re-asserted his status as the front-runner for MLS Newcomer of the Year with his game-winning goal as the Revolutions endure another disappointing result. Real Salt Lake keeps the pressure on Los Angeles in the race for the Supporters Shield as Javier Morales made his return to the starting lineup. HIGHLIGHTS
New York Red Bulls 1, Kansas City Wizards 0
Dane Richards kept his hot streak going, but it was Bouna Coundoul who stole the show on a night when the Red Bulls played much worse than they did in last week's win against Los Angeles. Mehdi Ballouchy struggled badly in a central midfield role in a 4-4-2. For KC, it was a matter of not finishing chances, which the Wizards created in bunches. HIGHLIGHTS
FC Dallas 3, Chicago Fire 0
The Dallas Express keeps on rolling as Milton Rodriguez and Jeff Cunningham scored in a romp. Chicago's defense proved mistake-prone yet again, while the attack fizzled just days after looking so good against San Jose. HIGHLIGHTS
Colorado 0, D.C. United 1
While it may not hurt their playoff chances, losing at home to lowly D.C. United is unacceptable. The attack continues to struggle with consistency, which doesn't bode well for the Rapids' post-season chances. For D.C., another win under interim head coach Ben Olsen boosts his chances of keeping the job. HIGHLIGHTS
Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Chivas USA 1
With Michael Stephens providing a boost, David Beckham working his free kick magic and A.J. De La Garza giving the team a stable option in central defense, the Galaxy looked closer to the team we saw in the first half of the season. HIGHLIGHTS
What did you think of this weekend's matches? Surprised to see New York in first place? Think the Galaxy can hold onto the lead in the Western Conference? Wondering if and when FC Dallas will lose a match?
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