MLS Playoff Update: Where they stand

Quakes move closer to clinching playoff spot; Revs, Dynamo eliminated

The San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders can feel safer about their post-season chances after slaying a pair of Eastern Conference contenders over the weekend.

San Jose's 3-2 win against Toronto FC on Saturday gave the Quakes a six-point cushion on ninth-place Kansas City with a game in hand. The Reds now trail eighth-place Colorado by seven points with four games to go.

The Sounders were also benefactors of the weekend's results following a 1-0 win against Chicago and Kansas City's 3-1 loss to FC Dallas.

Elsewhere around the league, Real Salt Lake became the second team to clinch a playoff spot following its draw against the Colorado Rapids. The MLS Cup holders also picked up a point in the race for the Supporter's Shield following the Galaxy's 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Friday.

The New England Revolution and Houston Dynamo were officially eliminated from post-season contention on Saturday.

 

2010 MLS PLAYOFF STANDINGS

Through Saturday, September 25, 2010

  PTS GP W L T GF GA GD
x - LA Galaxy (1W) 50 26 15 6 5 38 21 17
x - Real Salt Lake (2W) 48 26 13 4 9 39 17 22
Columbus Crew (1E) 45 26 13 7 6 35 29 6
New York Red Bulls (2E) 44 26 13 8 5 34 27 7
FC Dallas 46 26 11 2 13 36 22 14
San Jose Earthquakes 39 24 11 7 6 28 25 3
Seattle Sounders 39 26 11 9 6 31 29 2
Colorado Rapids 38 25 10 7 8 33 25 8
Kansas City Wizards 33 25 9 10 6 29 30 -1
Toronto FC 31 26 8 11 7 26 31 -5
Philadelphia Union 27 25 7 12 6 30 39 -9
Chicago Fire 26 24 6 10 8 28 32 -4
New England Revolution 26 26 7 14 5 28 45 -17
Houston Dynamo 26 26 7 14 5 35 45 -10
Chivas USA 25 25 7 14 4 25 33 -9
D.C. United 18 26 5 18 3 18 42 -24
The top two teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs automatically.
The remaining four slots are determined via the Wild Card.
Eliminated from playoff contention.

x - clinched playoff berth

Playoff Schedule

Date(s) Round Location
October 28-31 Conference Semifinals, 1st leg TBD
November 4-7 Conference Semifinals, 2nd leg TBD
November 11-14 Conference Finals TBD
November 21 MLS Cup BMO Field, Toronto, ON

READ: Playoff format rules and tie-breaking procedures here.