NYCFC has the only action midweek, winning against SKC with a very depleted squad. Here are a few updates pending the weekend results for the full slate of games.
Thanks to DC’s 3 game winning streak, it took until the win against SKC to clinch finishing above last place. The magic number for the Highbridge Globetrotters is 3 for Philly and Orlando and 7 for New England. Beyond them, The Wanderers need to also clinch against any two of Columbus, Montreal and Atlanta with magic numbers of 11, 11, and 17 respectively. Realistically it probably will be late September before a playoff spot is formally locked up.
With 7 games to go for each team, the Walkabouts are 6 points behind Toronto and 6 ahead of Chicago. I’m not going to play what-ifs with Toronto. If they collapse, the Transients can go for it, but until then my focus is on what it takes to stay in second place. Simply put, the lead is substantial at this point. If Chicago has an amazing finish and does not lose again, going 5-0-2, they get 61 points. The Itinerants can beat that with just 4-3-0, which is roughly their current pace, just ever-so-slightly below.