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MLS playoffs are around the corner

The main highlight of this week is the exit of Toronto FC. For the fourth time in MLS history the champions will not see the playoffs.

Miserable champions

all season-long Toronto FC have been terrible and well deserved to be eliminated. So-called stars such as Altidore, Bradley and Giovinco will have time to work on their game to improve from such a poor season following first ever MLS Cup

DC United and LA Galaxy in the hunt

The two clubs with the most MLS Cup titles are battling for a playoff spot and still control their destiny with a couple games left [4 for DC United with two more games in hand]. DC United beat Chicago Fire thanks to a back-to-back brace from captain Wayne Rooney.

He shares his satisfaction after the win:

“It is great and it is important to have that but we know that in the league we only have one away game left in Chicago. If we progress we know we will have to be better away from home. So yeah the home crowd is great but the challenge is to be better away from home.

These are games that we have to win sometimes when you are not at your best. You need to make sure you get something out of the game obviously ideally win the game and thankfully we have done that.”

The LA Galaxy brought a point from Kansas City and must win the next two games to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the game:

“It was a good game. We played against a good opponent.  We had great chances. I feel good. I think we did good. We were unlucky there with the goal but at the same time we could consider also too when they hit the post – two times I think. It was a good game. We get one point and I think we are satisfied.

You get confidence from the point. We are happy. We keep going. Two games left, let’s see what happens. We have to win. We have to take points.”