With just weeks left in the MLS regular season, games are starting to really heat up with playoff spots on the line.
Only 10 points separate 3rd place Chicago Fire from 11th place Montreal Impact, who have a total of 40 points.
While San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting KC appear to be battling it out on their own for the Supporters Shield, they are only 7 and 5 points respectively, ahead of Chicago.
For many teams now, a win can mean reaching the playoffs, and a tie or loss might mean missing out on any chance of winning the MLS Cup.
Toronto FC, Philadelphia Union, Portland, New England, Chivas USA and Colorado Rapids may already be out of playoff contention as these teams all have less than 30 points. They are now playing for pride, and develop a better team for next season.
As I watch the EPL with their relegation system, I can't help but wonder how much harder the bottom teams would play at the end of the season in the MLS if they knew the last 3 would be dropped from the league.
I think the MLS needs to become a little stronger before that occurs, but it does make for great entertainment.
Be sure to follow the MLS as it reaches the last weeks of the season, and team compete for playoffs and the MLS Cup.