Playoff Update: Quakes still have cushion

Despite 3-0 loss to Chicago Fire, San Jose still in good position for playoff bid

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John Todd

The San Jose Earthquakes didn't help their playoff standing, but they maintain a six-point cushion over the Kansas City Wizards. Both teams have five games remaining, meaning the Quakes will really need to stumble to let Kansas City into the picture.

The Colorado Rapids were also in action Wednesday night, defeating the Philadelphia Union 4-1. The Rapids now lead Seattle and San Jose by two points for the No. 6 seed.

If the season ended today, here's how the teams would line up in the post-season:

LA Galaxy (W1) vs. Colorado Rapids (WC)
Real Salt Lake (W2) vs. FC Dallas (WC)
Columbus Crew (E1) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (WC)
New York Red Bulls (E2) vs. Seattle Sounders (WC)

 

2010 MLS PLAYOFF STANDINGS

Through Wednesday, September 29, 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
Colorado Rapids 41 26 11 7 8 37 26 11
Seattle Sounders 39 26 11 9 6 31 29 2
San Jose Earthquakes 39 25 11 8 6 28 28 0
Kansas City Wizards 33 25 9 10 6 29 30 -1
Toronto FC 31 26 8 11 7 26 31 -5
Chicago Fire 29 25 7 10 8 31 32 -1
Philadelphia Union 27 26 7 13 6 31 43 -12
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.