Our weekly dose of Major League Soccer quick takes, plotlines to watch and Power Rankings.
Thanks to an essential six-point Week 24, Real Salt Lake returned to the thick of the postseason hunt. Last week,
With the exception of San Jose, every team returns to the MLS pitch this week with the Kansas City and D.C. United playing dual dates on Wednesday and Saturday. The last of the nine games is the most enticing, featuring a reeling but still first-place Dynamo going to Columbus for a date with the Eastern Conference's top team. Three points for either squad very likely would lock up a playoff spot, although both have work to do in order to earn one of the top two automatic slots in their respective conference. Elsewhere, the Rapids look to continue their surge up the standings in Toronto, while the Galaxy hope to exert more pressure on the Dynamo when they host FC Dallas.