Can John Be Beat?

Marc Purcell
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Stern John is destined to win the MLS MVP and the rookie of the year awards. Last night John scored his league leading 24th goal of the season. Despite the goal and one assist last night the Columbus Crew lost 4-3 to Evans Wise and Tampa Bay.

The case for John is strong. He is leading the MLS in goal scoring with 24 items. With 53 points he leads the MLS in scoring and has taken 106 shots on goal. He is tied for the lead in game winning goals and hat tricks.

The playoffs are scheduled to begin on September 30th. Stern John and Columbus are scheduled to take on the New York at home. Mickey Trotman, Brian Haynes and Dallas take on Los Angeles. There playoff games begin October 1st.

A-League playoff winding down.

Wendell Regis and Hershey moved on to the eastern A-League final. They defeated Richmond 3-2 shoot-out win at home and went on to Richmond and beat them 4-2 to take the series 2-0.

Hershey will face Craig Demmin and Rochester. Rochester defeated Montreal in a 3-2 shoot-out on the road. They then came home where they are extremely hard to beat and sent the Frenchmen packing with a 4-1 victory.

In the west, the season is over for Gary Glasgow and New Orleans. They lost to San Diego 2-0 in California and then in a shoot-out at home.

In the shooting range...

Clint Marcelle came off the bench for Barnsley on Wednesday night to help them preserve a 1-1 tie with Reading. Barnsley move on to the next round of the Worthington Cup.

Shaka Hislop and West Ham defeated Northampton 1-0 but still went down 2-1 in aggregate to advance in the Worthington Cup.

Dwight Yorke and Manchester United defeated Liverpool 2-0 on Thursday night.

In the starting lineup...

In Scotland, Tony Rougier is expected to back when Hibernian face Hamilton Academical. Despite requiring seven stitches on Saturday Marvin Andrews will start for Raith Rovers when they face Stranraer.

In England, Shaka Hislop and West Ham will face Southampton on Monday night. Dwight Yorke has this weekend off.

In Switzerland Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich face FC Luzern. In Portugal, Leonson Lewis and Estelle Amadorra face Sporting Lisbon.

In the USA, Stern John has to score three goals to tie the MLS record for goal scoring. He will have to do it against the defense of DC United on Sunday. Evans Wise and Tampa Bay face there Florida rivals Miami on Sunday. On Saturday David Nahkid and New England face New York. Brian Haynes, Mickey Trotman prepare for the playoffs when Dallas face Colorado.