Ben Olsen told his club not to dwell on the nasty defeat in Seattle on Saturday night and turn full attention to Wednesday's home match vs. fading Chivas USA and beyond. So we’ll try to do the same. You saw it: Chris Pontius was missed. The backline was a mess. Seattle was really good in the attack. It rained. 36,000+ were in attendance...again. Artificial turf is no fun.

Joseph Ngwenya has now gone 13 league appearances without a goal. Olsen could’ve pulled him, but in a game that was settled by halftime, it was more important to rest Charlie Davies and Dwayne De Rosario ahead of Wednesday. Ngwenya was like the relief pitcher who stays in a 10-2 game just to eat up useless innings. In fairness, he was the first United player to test Kasey Keller (72nd minute). My match report is here, the video package selections are here, and the playoff outlook is on the continuation of this posting.....


Top three receive automatic playoff slots

Columbus Crew 41 points from 29 matches

Sporting Kansas City 40 points from 29 matches

Philadelphia Union 39 points from 28 matches


Others competing with Western clubs for 4 wild-card berths

Houston Dynamo 39 points from 30 matches

New York Red Bulls 36 points from 28 matches

D.C. United 34 points from 26 matches

Chicago Fire 30 points from 28 matches

Toronto FC 30 points form 30 matches

New England Revolution 27 points from 29 matches

(The full wild-card picture is outlined here)

Key matches this coming week:

D.C. United home vs. Chivas USA, Wednesday

New York home vs. Real Salt Lake, Wednesday

Kansas City home vs. Philadelphia, Friday

Houston at Dallas, Saturday

United home vs. RSL, Saturday

Columbus home vs. Los Angeles, Saturday

New York home vs. Portland, Saturday

United’s remaining opponents:

Chivas USA home, Wednesday

Real Salt Lake home, Saturday

at Philadelphia, Sept. 29

at Columbus, Oct. 2

at Vancouver, Oct. 12

Chicago home, Oct. 15

Portland home, Oct. 19

Kansas City home, Oct. 22