The Wizards get back into action tonight, after their loss to the Sounders. And while that loss was a severe blow to the Wizards' playoff hopes, it didn't officially kill them. However, if gave them absolutely no margin for error ... meaning anything less than three points tonight puts them out. (It would also clinch a spot for Colorado, and set the entire eight-team playoff field with two weekends remaining in the regular season.)
Here's a quick preview from MLS:
Kansas City Wizards at Chicago Fire, 5:30 p.m. (MLS Direct Kick Package)The Wizards must win out – while hoping Colorado loses its final two games – to secure the final playoff spot. But they must start in a place where they have historically had little success – Kansas City has won just twice all-time at the Fire.Since going on a 10-game run over two months (July 14-Sept. 22) where they took 21 of a possible 30 points, winning six games and drawing three, the Wizards have now lost three in a row. The losing streak matches a season-long.Despite almost being held out of the game with bone spurs – then needing an injection at halftime to keep playing – Patrick Nyarko assisted on both Chicago goals in the 2-0 win against Columbus. “He stuck it out and dug in deep. We need more guys like that,” said assistant coach John Matkovich.