NYCFC and the LA Galaxy grew to become the newest groups to clinch their spots within the 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs on Saturday.
Reigning champions NYCFC have struggled for consistency for the reason that mid-season departures of head coach Ronny Deila and Golden Boot holder Taty Castellanos. Nevertheless, their kind early within the marketing campaign has stored them excessive within the standings, and outcomes elsewhere on Saturday meant their spot was confirmed earlier than they even performed Orlando Metropolis on Sunday.
The Galaxy, in the meantime, battled to a 1-1 draw in opposition to Actual Salt Lake, holding them three factors forward of their opponents who sit one place outdoors the Playoffs spots with one sport to go. RSL can’t catch the Galaxy resulting from successful two video games much less.
Regardless of heading into the ultimate levels of the common season, NYCFC and LA solely take the variety of certified groups to eight. So, who’ve they joined?
It has been over a month since LAFC grew to become the primary group to clinch their Playoffs spot, because of the Colorado Rapids and Houston Dynamo drawing 1-1 after the Black and Gold had misplaced 2-1 to California rivals San Jose Earthquakes.
This marks a return to the post-season for LAFC after lacking out in 2021. The Black and Gold are armed with arguably probably the most gifted roster in MLS and can look to translate their kind right into a knockout state of affairs.
The Philadephia Union grew to become the second group to make the Playoffs proper on the finish of August, becoming a member of LAFC and changing into the primary group within the East to clinch their spot.
A 4-1 house win over Atlanta United did the trick for Jim Curtin’s males, who’ve now made the Playoffs in 5 successive years.
The Union are battling arduous in opposition to LAFC for the Supporters’ Defend, with the 2019 and 2020 winners now degree on 64 factors.
Philly shall be a pressure to be reckoned with within the Playoffs.
CF Montreal have been the third group to make the MLS Cup Playoffs, doing so for simply the second time in six seasons – a testomony to the job being finished by Wilfried Nancy.
Montreal’s late comeback to attract 2-2 at house to the Columbus Crew was the deciding outcome. The Canadian aspect nonetheless keep faint Supporters’ Defend hopes.
The New York Crimson Bulls have been the third group within the Japanese Convention to e-book their place and so they did not even should play in midweek to make it occur.
Extremely, that is RBNY’s thirteenth consecutive 12 months within the Playoffs, although they’ve by no means received MLS Cup and have exited within the first spherical for 3 straight seasons.
Regardless of ending close to the foot of the Western Convention, Austin FC confirmed loads of promise throughout their growth 12 months.
They’ve cashed in on that promise in 2022 with a 3-0 win in opposition to RSL securing their Playoffs standing and all however confirming them because the second seed within the West.
FC Dallas are again within the Playoffs after a one-year absence, vindicating a winter of spending forward of the 2022 marketing campaign.
The likes of Jesus Ferreira, Alan Velasco, and Paul Arriola are hitting kind at simply the fitting time, so no one will wish to face them in a knockout state of affairs.
It is uncommon you see a group defend MLS Cup however at the very least NYCFC can have the possibility with their Playoffs spot confirmed.
That mentioned, the Cityzens head into the post-season on horrible kind and will come unstuck, regardless of a wealth of particular person expertise.
The LA Galaxy have lastly returned to the Playoffs for the primary time since Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on the books.
By the way, this can even be Chicharito’s first post-season marketing campaign with the membership, who enter the post-season on a much-improved run of kind.
They’re not at all favorites, however do not rule them out.
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