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MLS Thermometer: LA show warmth, Fire still cold

The horror! The horror! The season is over for the LA Galaxy after a 2-0 loss to New York on Friday night at the Home Depot Center. All is lost! Oh, the humanity!

Well … no. Not actually. The Thermometer is back for another week, and a quick check of the temperature in Los Angeles indicates there is still life after Red Bulls.

Oh yeah, and the rest of the league took the field on Saturday in what was actually a much more dramatic match day. Which teams have playoff fever, and which teams have caught a chill?

We’ll Take That Back, Thank You

[inline_node:315464]Last week, the Thermometer projected Real Salt Lake to win the Supporters' Shield by a single point over the Galaxy. A thrilling stoppage-time equalizer from Nat Borchers on Saturday kept "Fortress Rio Tinto" standing and extended RSL’s now 24-game unbeaten streak at home. LA, meanwhile, fell flat in a loss to New York. So RSL should still be the frontrunners to take the Shield, right?

Wrong. For the reigning champs, gaining one point per game on the Western Conference-leaders just isn’t going to cut it. Real Salt Lake are taking on New England this week, though, and the Galaxy will have a tough derby game in the SuperClásico. The next edition of the Thermometer may see RSL back on top in a race that couldn’t be any closer.

You Get a Hot Streak!

Last week, the Kansas City Wizards were the hottest team in the league by a mile. Who takes the top spot this week?

Kansas City! And New York! And Seattle Sounders FC! And the San Jose Earthquakes! And the Colorado Rapids! Yes, each of these teams has 10 points in their last five games. So the Thermometer grants a five-way tie for the title of “Hottest Team in MLS.”

[inline_node:318136]Cheesesteak, Anyone?

Actually, make that a six-way tie. It’s too bad the Philadelphia Union won’t make the playoffs, because they really have been playing well recently. A 3-0 mauling of Chivas USA this weekend was, according to head coach Peter Nowak, their best result of the season. It’s hard to fault that assessment, but it doesn’t tell the whole story of their recent form. Kudos to Philadelphia. The Sons of Ben have a lot to be excited about next season.

What’s Cooler than Cool?

Ironic that it should still be the Fire. Another loss gives the dubious honor of coldest team in the league to Chicago for another week. But, it should be noted, that this Tifo display by Section 8 actually was cooler than cool. And we mean that in a good way.

TeamPointsGames remainingLast 5 (pts/gm)Projected Pts.
LA Galaxy5041.456
Real Salt Lake4841.855
Columbus Crew454149
New York Red Bulls444252
FC Dallas4641.853
San Jose Earthquakes396251
Seattle Sounders394247
Colorado Rapids385248
Kansas City Wizards335243
Toronto FC314.834
Philadelphia Union275237
Chicago Fire2660.428
New England Revolution264130
Houston Dynamo2640.628
Chivas USA2551.231
D.C. United1840.620