I alluded to the fact that the west could send five teams to the postseason a couple of posts ago. I actually wrote about the fact that the Western Conference is now showing more than the Eastern Conference in my weekly PE column.
All you have to do is look at recent results to see that.
Chivas USA have won five out of six and four of those wins have come against Eastern teams - Toronto FC twice, Kansas City and DC. Two of those wins were on the road.
Recently, FC Dallas demolished DC United and Colorado beat New York. Those results not only gave each respective Western teams a shot at the playoffs but might ultimately account for spots 4 and 5 in the playoff race.
We might even see the West overtake the East this week. If RSL beats New York at home, which is a strong possibility, RSL would improve to 38 points while New York would stay on 35. FC Dallas has Toronto FC at home, and a win by FC Dallas would give them 37 points. Colorado would do well to beat the Galaxy and also improve to 37 points but even a draw would give Colorado 35 points and the tiebreaker over New York as Colorado beat New York twice this season.
The East is strong, there's no doubt about that. But it's top heavy and even Chicago and New England have gone through their inconsistent spells. New England is currently in a funk, and for that matter so is Chicago. New England has two wins since July 4 while Chicago has lost five of its last 11 games.
Many, myself included, wrote the Western Conference off as a lost cause but there were a few who held firm their belief that the West was superior. Seems those few may have been right all along.