The half-dozen teams shut out of the MLS postseason party are sorting out where they went wrong, and as they observe the elite eight that are still playing, each of them should be taking notes.
Real Salt Lake and Columbus are case studies in getting it right. Houston proves that you can play a boatload of games in disparate countries and prosper. Chivas USA is a marvel of perseverance. And so on.
Here's a rundown, starting from the bottom, on what needs to be done by whom.
The Quakes could be losing midfielder
Unfortunately, an upgrade could mean the loss of a reliable, dedicated professional in
Putting so much faith in
FCD went 4-5-8 under coach
An extreme makeover of a good team didn't work, so what are the sturdy blocks on which to build? More to the point, was a wave of injuries a function of misfortune or mismanagement of preseason training? Coach
Settling the future of
What the Rapids need are smart, experienced, passionate people to take the competitive side of the organization out of its sinkhole. Smith can't do it alone. Calling