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The Daily Dirt, October 3: Gone Fishin’

MLS Playoff eliminations are coming thick and fast

MLS: Orlando City SC at Toronto FC John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

With their 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact on Sunday, Orlando City became the second team (Vancouver would be the third later in the day) to have officially been knocked out of MLS Playoff contention. Unlike their fellow 2015 Expansion classmates, NYCFC, the Lions were unable to make the postseason for their sophomore year in the league.

Expectations for Orlando were high entering this season after barely missing out of the postseason a year ago, but front office drama led to the season getting off to a slow start, which in turn eventually led to Adrian Heath’s firing at midseason.

It may be harsh to say, but Orlando City very well may have regressed since their inaugural season. Jason Kreis’ arrival did very little to turn the tide for them either. Where to go from here with an overbearing owner with little to no patience?

It’s inevitable that Orlando and Atlanta United will be measured against one another starting next season. Both markets are similar in size and both teams will likely be moving into brand new stadiums. With Atlanta already being bold with their manager hiring, it should be interesting to see how they stack up against their Southeastern counterparts come next season.


Domestic

Dominic Oduro scored the goal to eliminate Orlando

Orlando’s playoff hopes officially gone (The Mane Land)

Jurgen Klinsmann names roster for upcoming friendlies vs. Cuba, New Zealand (Stars and Stripes FC)

Sounders win again, eliminate Vancouver from playoffs (Sounder At Heart)


International

Barcelona drop a seven-goal thriller thanks to horrible goalkeeper gaffe (Barca Blaugranes)

Mauricio Pochettino hails “fantastic” Tottenham win over Manchester City (Cartilage Free Captain)

Manchester United held at home by Stoke City (The Busby Babe)

Arsenal leave it late to beat Burnley (The Short Fuse)


Local

Late goal costs Atlanta United U-18’s (Dirty South Soccer)