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MLS: Eastern Conference Midseason Recap

courtesy Sporting Kansas City Facebook Page

courtesy Sporting Kansas City Facebook Page

Now with every team having played seventeen games, I figured now would be a good time to give a little mid-season recap for the league. Now keep in mind this recap with only pertain to league games. This will not include any US Open Cup or CONCACAF Champions League matches. For some teams it has been a great first half of teams. For other teams I’m sure they would just like to hit the reset button and start over.

The Eastern Conference has had its ups and downs this year. There have been as many as five different teams that have led the conference at one point or another this season. At the beginning of the season it was the Columbus Crew, who got how to a hot start at 3-0-0 (win-loss-tie) but since then have gone 2-7-8 and have seen themselves slowly slide down the table to the seventh spot where they currently sit.

The Houston Dynamo was the next team to get off to a hot start and they did not allow any goals until their third match of the season, but ever since then they have been letting goals in at a non-stop pace. This could be why they signed USMNT player DaMarcus Beasley earlier week as the team’s third designated player, to give more leadership in their midfield and defense. After starting the season 2-0-0 they have gone 3-11-4 in their last eighteen matches and sit in ninth place of the ten team conference.

It looked as if the New England Revolution had finally figured things out and were going to be a dominate team in the East. Not so fast my friends. When the Revolution faced Seattle on Mother’s Day, both teams were at the top of their respective conference. New England embarrassed the Sounders to the tune of a 5-0 beat down. Since that point in the season New England has a record of 1-8-0 and has lost their last six. They currently sit in fifth place.

DC United has been a surprise team in the east this year. After winning only three games last year, United led the Eastern Conference at the World Cup break. In their first game of the year it seemed as it would be the same team from last year as they were blasted 3-0 at home by Columbus. It took them some time but they finally turned things around and are beginning to look like a legitimate contender in the east.

The last team I would like to highlight is Sporting KC. At the moment they sit at the top of the Eastern Conference with a record of 11-5-5, winning their last five and being shorthanded in three of those wins. They are a serious contender to win the MLS Cup, which would make it two in a row for the defending champs. Let’s see if they can continue their current streak.

There is still plenty of time in order for the other teams to make serious run at being contenders. I would not count out Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls or Philadelphia Union. Yes, you read that correctly. The Union are a completely different team since they fired John Hackworth and replaced him with interim coach, Jim Curtin. He seems to have this team going in the right direction and at the right time.

Check back later this week for my mid-season recap for the Western Conference.

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Chris Blakely writes for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely.

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