On mechanical ventilation since the 2-1 defeat at Columbus, the Impact are not out of the playoffs mathematically. But the light at the end of tunnel is dimming down and it's time to prepare the off-season now with the current team. One thing for sure, Nick De Santis (sporting director) and Matt Jordan( soccer ops. director) have already been preparing potential moves and signings for the 2013 season.
Houston Dynamo 2 vs. New England Revolution 0: Late strike wins it
One thing for sure is that the New England Revolution never back down even if the club was mathematically eliminated from the MLS playoffs. Unlike Toronto FC, the Revs did their share to stay in the playoff race and help out the Impact by previously beating the Columbus Crew.
But two goals in the last 12 minutes of the game gave the Houston Dynamoan important 2-0 win as the Texas team continues to fight for a playoff spot . The Red Bulls and the Crew already won their respective game earlier that evening so winning was a must.
New additions to the club delivered the Dynamo as the Orange Crush scored via Ricardo Clark and Boniek Garcia. With those 2 goals and that win, the BBVA Compass Stadium remains an untouched fortress as the Dynamo is undefeated at home.
The Montreal Impact travel to Houston next weekend.
Portland Timbers 1 vs. D.C. United 1
D.C. United was not the main target for the Montreal Impact as a direct playoff competitor but seeing them lose would have been a bonus for the expansion club. Both goals scored in the second half. D.C United scored via a controversial penalty when David Horst ''handled'' the ball after a cross from Perry Kitchen. Chris Pontius takes care of business and makes it 1-0.
Bright Dike levels the game 1-1 for the Portland Timbers, a team in total reconstruction at the end of its second MLS season. A draw was not great for D.C thought and the Dynamo and the Crew will gladly creep in on them with 3 games left in the season.
Columbus Crew vs. Philadelphia Union, 2012 MLS: 3-2 on an offside goal-
Another last-minute gasp win for the Columbus Crew with a strong 2-0 lead against the Union via Jairo Arrieta. Another huge win for Columbus, a club that has found inspiration and clutch plays since acquiring Jairo Arrieta and Frederico Higuain.
The Union did their job and responded with back to back goals including the tying goal at the 86th minute. But controversy dooms and gloom over a league that is trying to gain credibility but the quality of refererring is not matching the league's expectations.
One minute after Philadelphia's equalizer, Josh Williams finds Milovan Mirosevic, who was clearly offside with no room for interpretation but the goal still stood. Mirosevic picks up the pass and beats Zach MacMath and gives all three points to the Crew.
Another bad referee call that puts mud on a playoff race that could have been, should have been closer for the Montreal Impact. I personally hate going after referring as it is a hard job but many decisions , throughout the yeat, just make it hard to stay positive and objective.