Race to the playoffs: a quartet to watch closely

Now that the international break is over, CF Montreal is back in action this week against Nashville SC.

The country capital team occupies an advantageous position in the standings (third) compared to the Montreal eleven, who are currently

CF Montreal is therefore currently qualified for the playoffs, which is very promising for the future. I like what is happening now with Wilfried Nancy’s club. The end of the season promises to be exciting since nothing is guaranteed and the race is close.

Four direct competitors threaten CF Montreal: DC United, the Columbus Crew, Atlanta United FC and Inter Miami.

DC United (7th with 30 pts): more than capable

This formation is a formidable candidate for the playoffs. It has been re-energized this season with the arrival of a new head coach, Hernan Losada. Under him, the American capital team is hard-working and hard to beat.

She also had good results against her direct rivals, including a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union in her last game on August 28.

Of the 12 remaining matches to play, seven will be played at home. Given the importance of home games in MLS, DC United have the keys in their hands to maintain their seventh place finish. And it is very likely that he will succeed.

Columbus (8th with 27pts): the champion has heavy legs

Three points behind DC United are the Columbus Crew.

The reigning champions should not already be seen as being left out of the playoff race, but it will be a tough task for them.

The Crew has heavy legs. The injuries appear to have slowed him down and prevented him from picking up speed.

The defensive unit is struggling, it which has allowed no less than 16 goals in its last seven outings.

Luckily for the Crew, he ended a four-game winless streak in front of his fans (three losses and a draw) in his last meeting before the break on August 27 against FC Cincinnati.

With such results, it is difficult to be well positioned in the standings.

Caleb Porter’s side have fewer games to play with 11, six at home and five on the road. I am uncertain of the champion’s ability to make the playoffs.

Atlanta (9th with 27pts): energy surge

Atlanta United is three lengths from DC and four from CFMTL.

If there is a team capable of moving up the standings, it is Atlanta United because of their formidable offense.

In the last few weeks, the Coca-Cola Town club has experienced a surge of energy … as if it had taken a little sweet pick-me-up!

Josef Martinez has recovered from the past with four goals in six games. Marcelino Moreno (4 goals in 7 games) and Ezequiel Barco (3 goals and 2 assists in 6 games) have also greatly contributed to the recent successes of Atlanta United.

There are seven home games left out of 12 games. They will face Miami twice. Potential Atlanta to make the playoffs.

Inter Miami (10th with 26 pts): the heat is coming from the South

Like Atlanta United, Inter Miami has recovered at the right time.

We must not neglect the Florida team, which has made its way discreetly up to 10th place. After a start to the season to forget, Inter managed to turn the situation around.

In their last game on Saturday, Inter Miami collected three points against FC Cincinnati despite a single shot on target in the 90th minute. It’s the mark of a confident team that finds a way to win without necessarily being very successful.

Can Inter Miami, which has one of the most favorable schedules among CF Montreal pursuers, continue its momentum? The team has an enviable 4-1-1 record in its last six games, the second best streak in the ESt Association. Columbus will be on his way twice.

One thing is certain, it gets worse in the ranking!

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