Paid Their Dues: Former Union Players Jostle For Playoff Spots

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As the regular season winds down, the playoff race heats up, and many former Union players are right in the middle of it.

In Chicago, Bakary Soumaré and the Chicago Fire moved into playoff position for the first time this season. The Fire's 3-2 win over New England has them tied on points with the Union, but claim the playoff spot as a result of their win total.

The Montreal Impact were shocked as Columbus grabbed all three points north of the border. Justin Mapp went 90 minutes as the Impact moved down to second place in the east. With two games in hand and only three points to make up on leaders RBNY, they still have a good shot at a conference title.

Jordan Harvey shut down Shea Salinas's San Jose in Northern California over the weekend, as the match ended without a goal. The draw will hurt both teams' shots at playoff spots, as they are both five points out. Brad Knighton watched the game from a bench.

Gabriel Farfan, a player who once commanded a valuable first round SuperDraft pick, was not in the Chivas USA squad that drew the Timbers 1-1.

Andrew Jacobson and his club could not claim a single point from their trip to Colorado. FC Dallas could've moved into a playoff spot with a win, but they are now three points behind the 5th place Portland Timbers. Chris Seitz, like his former teammate, watched from the bench.

Carlos Ruiz, Lionard Pajoy, Brian Perk, Chandler Hoffman, Ryan Richter, Chris Konopka, and Danny Mwanga failed to make their MLS clubs' gameday rosters over the weekend.

Toni Ståhl and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers claimed a point in Edmonton. Former Union trialist Lance Laing started off the scoring with a free kick goal. The 1-1 draw leaves the Strikers only one point out of first in a very close NASL Fall Season.

Michael Orozco Fiscal saw Puebla lose two points just minutes before the final whistle. Orozco Fiscal won a free kick which led to Puebla's only goal, but Toluca's goalkeeper slotted away the game-tying penalty in the 90th minute.

Porfirio Lopez and LDA shutdown Belén Siglo XXI, as they moved up to third in the Costa Rican Primera División. Alajuelense have allowed only one goal in their last five games.

Faryd Mondragón posted a clean sheet, but Deportivo Cali's offense couldn't produce. The scoreless draw puts Cali in fourth, but that could change drastically in a tight race for the Torneo Finalización.

Freddy Adu did not feature in Bahia's 2-2 draw with Coritiba.

In Germany, Kai Herdling got the start for Hoffenheim as they defeated Borussia Monchengladbach by a score of 2-1. The win sees Hoffenheim move up to 7th.

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