Friday, December 3

MLS Decision Day: 2021 Playoffs Image Set After Final Day Drama

The dust has settled on the MLS regular season and the playoff landscape is set, but not without some late-night drama and a sendoff from a league legend.

Defending champion Columbus Crew failed to make the playoffs, while both LA teams, LAFC and LA Galaxy, did not do enough either, meaning that, oddly, all league clubs from California and Texas failed to make it. 14 -Post-season by teams. Included in that are the San Jose Earthquakes, whose elimination was confirmed before the last day of the season, but whose final game was notable for another reason entirely. Chris Wondolowski, MLS’s all-time top scorer, added one more to his career tally before announcing in front of fans at PayPal Park that he was effectively retiring. The 38-year-old had reversed his decision to retire after last season’s interrupted campaign, returning for one more trip, and crowned it in style when the Earthquakes and FC Dallas drew 1-1. He finishes with 171 career goals in the regular season, 173 including the playoffs. Landon Donovan, No. 2 on the all-time list, had 160 combined (145 regular season, 25 playoffs).

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