MLS playoff picture beginning to shape up

October 6, 2006
By Ives Galarcep
It was only a year ago, so the memory is still fresh in the minds of many. The Los Angeles Galaxy, which posted a losing record in its final eight regular season games last season (3-4-1), qualified as the fourth seed in the Western Conference with a .500 record (13-13-6) and rode a hot streak all the way to an improbable MLS Cup title. The feat has offered some hope to every team still alive in this year's playoff race, which happens to be 11 of the league's 12 teams (sorry, Columbus).

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