MLS exit interviews: Assessing the seasons of each eliminated team

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Eight MLS teams saw their seasons come to an end on Sunday, some more disappointingly than others.

For the first time in league history, both of the previous year’s MLS Cup finalists failed to qualify for the playoffs. Columbus Crew SC knew its fate heading into Decision Day, but the defending MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers imploded on the final day, falling 4-1 in Vancouver to end any hope of playoff qualification. The Timbers were 0-11-6 on the road in MLS in 2016.

Before we get heavily into the 12 teams still vying for MLS Cup, we take a look back at the seasons of the eight who are out of the picture. After every season – good or bad – coaches hold exit interviews with their players. So we held exit interviews for each of the eight eliminated teams, providing a pat on the back of encouragement along with some real talk on what needs to improve. Here’s the skinny:

Portland Timbers (12-14-8, 44 points; 7th in West)

New England Revolution (11-14-9. 42 points; 7th in East)

Orlando City SC (9-11-14, 41 points; 8th in East)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10-15-9, 39 points; 8th in West)

San Jose Earthquakes (8-12-14, 38 points; 9th in West)

Columbus Crew SC (8-14-12, 36 points; 9th in East)

Houston Dynamo (7-14-13, 34 points; 10th in West)

Chicago Fire (7-17-10, 31 points; 10th in East)