· With just about a month left in the regular season, playoff races in both conferences are air tight. Narrow margins of six and seven points separate third from eighth place in the Eastern and Western Conferences respectively. Zach Slaton of Forbes.com uses a match simulator called the ‘MLS EI Model’ to simulate who will be in and out of playoff contention come season’s end.
· The past few games have seen a rise in form from many Crew players, including midfielder Tony Tchani. Tchani was an integral part of the Black & Gold’s 3-0 win over Chicago, recording his first assist of the season and earning Man of the Match honors from MLSsoccer.com. Adam Jardy from the Columbus Dispatch examines Tchani’s his return to the starting lineup.
· Crew defender Josh Williams continues to work his way back from the head injury he suffered in training on September 3. Andrew King from MLSsoccer.com provides more information on the injury, including a look into Williams’ recovery.