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Update on the Impact's race to the playoffs: The MLS Tie Breaker Edition

Let's score some goals!!!
Let's score some goals!!!

As we already explained in a previous post , Major League Soccer updated the Tie-Breaking procedures/rules.

When two or more teams are tied in the standings on points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), the following tiebreakers will be used in the sequence below, until one team ranks ahead of the other(s):

A reminder of the tiebreakers:

  1. Goals For (GF)
  2. Goal Differential (GD)
  3. Fewest Disciplinary Points (Posted here)
  4. Road Goals
  5. Road Goal Differential
  6. Home Goals
  7. Home Goal Differential
  8. Coin Toss (2 teams) or Drawing of Lots (3 or more)

With the team continuing to score and a relatively full defensive squad, the Montreal Impact will look to continue this trend and also winning. Let's have a look at the updated Tie-Breaker rankings with the top 3 tie-breaker criterias

Standings are provided by the MLS and have been last updated (when this article was written) on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 11:41am.

Goals For (GF) Ranking: 3rd

A 7-goal jump for the Montreal Impact since the first compilation of these rankings (August 8th) and 1 spot up. It's a good indication that the Impact have been scoring in bunches and have taken advantage of their home games, at Stade Saputo.

Actual Rank Goals For Rank Club GF
2 1 New York Red Bulls 46
4 2 D.C. United 43
6 3 Montreal Impact 42
3 4 Houston Dynamo 38
9 5 New England Revolution 33
1 6 Sporting Kansas City 32
5 7 Chicago Fire 32
7 8 Columbus Crew 31
10 9 Toronto FC 29
8 10 Philadelphia Union 25

Goal Differential (GD) Ranking:

From -8 to -2 , the Impact have scored more goals with some good defending and excellent goalkeeping. Troy Perkins has won all 3 games with the Montreal Impact, including 2 shutouts.

Actual Rank Goals Differential Rank Club GD
1 1 Sporting Kansas City 9
3 2 Houston Dynamo 8
2 3 New York Red Bulls 7
4 4 D.C. United 6
5 5 Chicago Fire 2
7 6 Columbus Crew 2
6 7 Montreal Impact -2
9 8 New England Revolution -5
8 9 Philadelphia Union -5
10 10 Toronto FC -17

Fewest Disciplinary Points: When the going gets tough..

(For the Disciplinary Points System, click here)

Updated through games of August 26, 2012

A 50-point jump since the first MLS Tie Breaker article

Club Disciplinary Points
Chicago Fire 353
Columbus Crew 368
D.C. United 357
Houston Dynamo 337
Montreal Impact 472
New England Revolution 312
New York Red Bulls 405
Philadelphia Union 442
Sporting Kansas City 439
Toronto FC 389