MLS Playoff Race (Through Week 25)

MLS Playoff Race (Through Week 25)

Major League Soccer

MLS Playoff Race (Through Week 25)

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By TRAVIS CLARK

With the International break taking most other leagues around the world out of action, the reduced schedule left just three fixtures over the weekend. All three had playoff implications, however slight, as more than half the clubs involved remain in the thick of the race.

Colorado improved their chances the most with a win against Toronto FC, and sit just four points behind Houston, whose lead has suddenly dwindled down. The Rapids also have two games in hand on the West leaders, sitting just behind LA for the second spot in the West. They face a touch matchup in Toronto this weekend, but three points there would be another bonus. With just two home games left in Commerce City, performing on the road will be crucial to a playoff spot.

One team that couldn't get it done on the road was D.C., which drew 2-2 in Frisco. It's looking ever precarious for the club fresh off the Open Cup defeat. The good news for United is that it now has five consecutive league matches at home. Tom Soehn's team cannot afford many more draws.

Here's a look at the current breakdown:

Eastern Conference

Columbus………..1.69 points per match (ppm); 39 points from 23 matches

Chicago………….1.58 ppm; 38 points from 24 matches

Western Conference

Houston………….1.6 ppm; 40 points from 25 matches

Los Angeles………1.58 ppm; 38 points from 24 matches

Wild Card Playoff Slots

Colorado………..1.57 ppm; 36 pts from 23 matches

Chivas USA……..1.5 ppm; 33 pts from 22 matches

New England…….1.5 ppm; 33 from 22 matches

Seattle………….1.41 ppm; 34 pts from 24 matches

Playoff Contenders

D.C. United……..1.38 ppm; 33 points from 24 matches

Real Salt Lake…..1.38 ppm; 33 points from 24 matches

Toronto…………1.29 ppm; 31 points from 24 matches

Current First-Round Playoff Pairings

Columbus Crew vs. Seattle Sounders

Houston Dynamo vs. New England Revolution

Chicago Fire vs. Chivas USA

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids

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Those three games change the playoff implications, tweaking a few of the matchups. The home loss for New England doesn't bode well for the Revs, but they still control their own destiny going forward. Seattle is clinging to that last playoff spot, and will likely need to perform away from Qwest to ensure a playoff spot. They showed last Wednesday that it is possible, but a three-week stretch in late September takes them to New England, Columbus, Kansas City will determine their postseason fate.

Who do you think will make the playoffs? Will Seattle continue their run and make the playoffs? Of the three teams on the outside looking in (D.C., RSL, Toronto) will any of those make it in?
 
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