MLS Soccer Picks: Eastern Conference Update

Steven Suarez

Thursday, July 25, 2013 3:25 PM UTC

Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013 3:25 PM UTC

There's a lot of parity going on all over Major League Soccer this season, but we're focusing on the Eastern Conference here.

We are about 20 or so games into the season and there are about eight teams that are still in contention for a playoff spot.

1) Sporting Kansas City (36 points)

SKC's balance has been key to their excellent play. They've scored 31 goals and allowed only 20, and have also managed to lose just two out of ten matches outside of Kansas City.

One to watch: Claudio Bieler

2) New York Red Bulls (32 points)

Though the Red Bulls are struggling to find their feet on the road, their spectacular form at Red Bull Arena (18 goals scored, 8 goals against) has them right in the thick of the conference race.

One to watch: Thierry Henry

3) Montreal Impact (32 points)

With two matches in hand on both SKC and New York, the Impact are in perhaps the best position of any team in the Eastern Conference. They face a huge test at home versus Kansas City this weekend.

One to watch: Marco Di Vaio

4) Philadelphia Union (31 points)

There's certainly no shortage of playmakers on this Union squad, with Jack McInerney, Conor Casey, and Sebastien Le Toux just a few of the names that have been significant contributors.

One to watch: Jack McInerney

5) Houston Dynamo (29 points)

The Dynamo, who also have two games in hand, have always been terrific in front of their home fans and this season hasn't been any different. They've gone 5-2-2 in nine matches in Houston.

One to watch: Will Bruin

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6) New England Revolution (27 points) 

Considering the Revolution finished in ninth place last season, they have be very upbeat about how they've been performing in 2013. Last weekend New England secured a 2-0 away win in Columbus.

One to watch: Diego Fagundez 

7) Chicago Fire (24 points) 

That recent 4-1 stomping of DC United was nice, but the Fire need to figure out their dreadful away form (1-2-5, minus-nine goal differential) sooner rather than later if they want to move up the table.

One to watch: Mike Magee

8) Columbus Crew (23 points) 

Inconsistency has been the name of the game for Columbus and losing four of their last five hurts. The good news? The Crew aren't completely out of the running just yet in a wide open conference.

One to watch: Dominic Oduro 

9) Toronto FC (14 points) 

There have been a lot of growing pains for Ryan Nelsen in his first season as not only the head coach of Toronto but his first season as a head coach period. The Reds are winless in their past six matches. 

One to watch: Robert Earnshaw 

10) DC United (10 points)

From second-place finishers in the regular season in 2012 to last place? Oh how the mighty have fallen. DCU has won just two matches so far this season and owns the lowest points total of any MLS team.

One to watch: Dwayne De Rosario

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