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MLS Playoffs: How Portland and Seattle can clinch postseason spots midweek – football news

The MLS playoffs are fast approaching, with seven teams having already booked spots in the postseason heading into the midweek slate of action. 

Two teams will have a chance to punch their tickets this on Wednesday night, while defending champion Toronto FC will be looking to play spoiler against D.C. United. 

You can check out the full league standings and an explanation of how the playoffs work here, and check below to see which teams are in, which teams are out, and how Wednesday could impact the playoff picture.  


Eastern Conference


ALREADY IN

Atlanta United – Clinched a top-two finish in the East and a first-round bye

New York Red Bulls – Clinched a top-two finish in the East and a first-round bye

New York City FC – Clinched 2018 MLS Cup playoff place

Philadelphia Union – Clinched 2018 MLS Cup playoff place

SILL IN THE HUNT

Columbus Crew –  Fifth in the East on 48 points through 32 matches

D.C. United – Sixth in the East on 44 points through 31 matches. At home vs Toronto FC on Wednesday

Montreal Impact – Seventh in the East on   43 points through  32 matches

ALREADY OUT

Chicago Fire  

Toronto FC

New England Revolution

Orlando City 


Western Conference


ALREADY IN

FC Dallas – The Hoops were the first team in the West to clinch a playoff spot. 

LAFC  – The expansion side is in and still in position to finish top in the West. 

Sporting Kansas City  – In action Wednesday against the Vancouver Whitecaps as they fight for top spot in the West. 

COULD GET IN MIDWEEK

Portland Timbers – Despite not being in action the Timbers could clinch midweek. They will need a loss or a draw from the Vancouver Whitecaps against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday and a Real Salt Lake loss or draw against the New England Revolution on Thursday. 

Seattle Sounders – The Sounders need a win or a draw against Orlando City on Wednesday to clinch. Barring that, the Sounders will be in the same boat as the Timbers, needing a loss or a draw from the Vancouver Whitecaps against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday and a Real Salt Lake loss or draw against the New England Revolution on Thursday. 

STILL IN THE HUNT

Real Salt Lake – Sixth in the West on 46 points through 32 matches. In action Thursday against the New England Revolution. 

LA Galaxy – Seventh in the West on 45 points through 32 matches. Not in action midweek. 

Vancouver Whitecaps – Eighth in the West on 43 points through 31 matches. In action against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday. 

ALREADY OUT

Colorado Rapids 

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San Jose Earthquakes   

Minnesota United  

Houston Dynamo

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MLS Review: LAFC, Philly and SKC all earn playoff spots – football news

A trio of teams booked their spots in the MLS playoffs on Saturday as LAFC, the Philadelphia Union and Sporting KC picked up victories to lock up postseason berths.

LAFC became the fifth expansion team to seal postseason soccer thanks to a 3-0 victory over the lowly Colorado Rapids. The match was headlined by a brace from Adama Diomande, who followed up on a goal from Walker Zimmerman to officially clinch a spot in the postseason.

The victory has LAFC sitting third in the Western Conference, ahead of the Portland Timbers, who picked up a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake to move closer to clinching their own spot. The Timbers’ win keeps the team in fourth place.

Sporting KC, meanwhile, sealed their spot in the postseason once again thanks to a 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored from the penalty spot in the 25th minute, but the Galaxy could not hold on as Johnny Russell scored with seven minutes remaining to earn Sporting KC a point.

Peter Vermes’ team has now made the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons while the Galaxy are currently miss out for the second year running as they chase Real Salt Lake, the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers for the final three spots.

In the Eastern Conference, the Union will be a part of the playoffs for the third time in club history thanks to a 5-1 beatdown of Minnesota United.

The Union battered the Loons early and often with Corey Burke opening the scoring eight minutes in.

Alejandro Bedoya added a second in the 23rd minute before Fafa Picault, recently added to the U.S. national team roster, scored a brace before halftime. Darwin Quintero pulled one back for the visiting Loons, but Ilsinho put an exclamation point on the win for the hosts.

While three teams confirmed playoff soccer, the reigning champion, Toronto FC, was eliminated from postseason contention following a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps. A fourth-minute goal from Russell Teibert put TFC in an early hole, but Jozy Altidore brought the Canadian side back from the penalty spot in the 73rd. Five minutes later, the Whitecaps were back in the lead for good on a finish from Kei Kamara.

Eastern Conference leader Atlanta United kept rolling with a 2-1 win over the struggling New England Revolution. However, it may have come at a price as Miguel Almiron suffered an injury that could keep him out of action through the last few weeks of the regular season.

FC Dallas also kept it rolling via a win over struggling opposition in a 2-0 victory over Orlando City behind goals from Santiago Mosquera and Victor Ulloa. FC Dallas remains atop the West, four points ahead of Sporting KC, while Orlando City has collected just six points since May 6.

The Montreal Impact took a step towards a playoff berth of their own with a 3-0 win over the Columbus Crew. The win keeps the Impact in sixth-place, good for the final playoff spot, although they remain five points behind the Crew and five points ahead of D.C. United, who have three matches in hand.

In the final match of the evening, the New York Red Bulls stayed on Atlanta’s heels with a 3-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, who remain dead last in the West. Alex Muyl and Bradley Wright-Phillips provided the first half goals while Aaron Long scored after halftime as the Red Bulls collected a third consecutive win.

There was a bit of silver lining for the Quakes, though, as Chris Wondolowski pulled one goal closer to Landon Donovan’s all-time recor with an 83rd minute consolation finish.

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The strike was Wondolowski’s 144th career MLS goal, and leaves him just one shy of Donovan’s all-time mark. 

The 35-year-old will have two more matches this season to catch Donovan, with the Earthquakes set to take on the Colorado Rapids and the Seattle Sounders to close out the campaign. 

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MLS Playoffs: Which teams can clinch postseason berths this weekend? – football news

The MLS playoffs are fast approaching, with four teams having already booked spots in the postseason heading into a busy weekend of action across the league. 

Six teams will have a chance to punch their tickets this weekend, while four others could see any hopes of making the playoffs come to an end. 

You can check out the full league standings and an explanation of how the playoffs work here, and check below to see which teams are in, which teams are out, and how this weekend could impact the playoff picture.  


Eastern Conference


ALREADY IN

Atlanta United – Clinched a top-two finish in the East and a first-round bye

New York Red Bulls – Clinched a top-two finish in the East and a first-round bye

New York City FC – Clinched 2018 MLS Cup playoff place

COULD GET IN THIS WEEKEND

Columbus Crew – A win or tie against the Montreal Impact will earn Columbus a playoff place

Philadelphia Union – A win over Minnesota United would get the Union in, while a draw would leave the club needing a win or a draw from the Montreal Impact to clinch this weekend. 

COULD BE OUT THIS WEEKEND

Orlando City – Will be out of playoff contention with a loss or a draw against FC Dallas this weekend. A win for the Montreal Impact, New England Revolution or D.C. United would also end Orlando’s playoff hopes, while a draw in the Impact-Crew matchup would also see the Lions bounced. 

Toronto FC – The defending champs could be out of contention with a loss or a draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps, but only if the Montreal Impact beat the Columbus Crew. 

ALREADY OUT

Chicago Fire – The Fire are the only team in the East with no chance of making the playoffs


Western Conference


ALREADY IN

FC Dallas –  The Hoops are the only team in the West to have already clinched a playoff spot. 

COULD GET IN THIS WEEKEND (OR MONDAY)

LAFC – A win over the Colorado Rapids gets the expansion side a spot in the playoffs. After that, it gets more complicated. If LAFC works out a draw with the Rapids, the club would need a loss from the LA Galaxy and either a loss or tie from the Montreal Impact or a draw in the match between the Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake. 

Portland Timbers – The Timbers need a win and some help to get in. Should Portland pick up three points, a loss for the Galaxy coupled with a draw or loss for Vancouver would lock up a playoff spot. 

Seattle Sounders – The Sounders need to win on Monday and will know by then if a win will get the job done. Their result will need to be coupled with a Galaxy loss and either a loss or tie from Vancouver or a draw between Portland and RSL. 

Sporting Kansas City – A win or a draw against the Galaxy would do the trick for SKC, but Sporting can lock up a playoff spot with a Whitecaps loss coupled with a draw between the Timbers and SKC no matter what the result in their match with the Galaxy. 

COULD BE OUT THIS WEEKEND

Houston Dynamo – A loss to Seattle would end the Dynamo’s hopes of making the playoffs, while a Portland loss to RSL would also put Houston out. 

Minnesota United – A loss to the Philadelphia Union would knock Minnesota out of playoff contention, but a draw against the Union could also end their chances if either Real Salt Lake or the LA Galaxy win.

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ALREADY OUT

Colorado Rapids – The Rapids have been eliminated from playoff contention in the West.

San Jose Earthquakes – Chris Wondolowski is chasing the MLS all-time scoring mark, but the Earthquakes will not be in the playoffs this season. 

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