MLS Playoff Update: Quakes close to clinching

Quakes clinch playoff spot with win at D.C. United, Kansas City loss vs. Seattle

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The San Jose Earthquakes solidified their playoff positioning on the road this weekend, holding Eastern Conference leaders Columbus to a scoreless draw while Kansas City lost in New York.

The Quakes can clinch a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs on Saturday with a win at D.C. United and a Kansas City loss against Seattle.

Colorado also did San Jose a favor after dropping a 1-0 result against United. The Rapids are still one-point ahead of the Quakes, but San Jose has a game in hand and a trio of winnable games on the horizon.

Elsewhere around the league, Chicago's post-season hopes were dealt a major blow after falling 3-0 to FC Dallas on Saturday. For FC Dallas, the win secured a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs. The Fire will need to win each of its remaining games to have a chance to advance.

The Los Angeles Galaxy held on to a slim lead over Real Salt Lake for the Supporter's Shield with a 2-1 win against Chivas USA in the SuperCl√°sico on Sunday.

 

2010 MLS PLAYOFF STANDINGS

Through Sunday, October 3, 2010

PTS GP W L T GF GA GD
x - Los Angeles Galaxy (1W) 53 27 16 6 5 40 22 18
x - Real Salt Lake (2W) 51 27 14 4 9 41 18 23
x - New York Red Bulls (1E) 47 27 14 8 5 35 27 8
x - Columbus Crew (2E) 46 27 13 7 7 35 29 6
x - FC Dallas 49 27 12 2 13 39 22 17
Seattle Sounders 42 27 12 9 6 34 31 3
Colorado Rapids 41 27 11 7 9 37 27 10
San Jose Earthquakes 40 26 11 8 7 28 28 0
Kansas City Wizards 33 26 9 11 6 29 31 -2
Toronto FC 31 27 8 12 7 28 34 -6
Chicago Fire 29 26 7 11 8 31 35 -4
Philadelphia Union 28 27 7 13 7 32 44 -12
Houston Dynamo 27 27 7 14 6 36 46 -10
New England Revolution 26 27 7 15 5 29 47 -18
Chivas USA 25 26 7 15 4 26 36 -10
D.C. United 21 27 6 18 3 19 42 -23
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