MLS Playoff Update: Quakes, Sounders clinch

Wondolowski brace earns San Jose its first post-season trip since rejoining MLS in 2008

Chris Wondolowski 092710 Quakes Clinch Playoff Berth

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The San Jose Earthquakes and Sounders FC both broke out the champagne over the weekend after clinching spots in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Chris Wondolowski scored a brace to lead the Quakes past D.C. United, 2-0. About 45 minutes later, San Jose was celebrating its first trip to the MLS Cup Playoffs since rejoining the league in 2008 after Seattle sealed its own post-season fate with a 2-0 win over Kansas City.

The Quakes are No. 7 overall with 43 points and a game in hand on all the teams who have clinched playoff spots. If the season ended today, San Jose would be the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and would face the Columbus Crew.

Another potential playoff scenario would see San Jose leapfrog Seattle for No. 6 overall, setting up a post-season version of the California Clásico against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Kansas City's playoff hopes didn't fade completely after Saturday's loss against Seattle, but the Wizards narrowed their playoff routes to a one-way street: Win out and hope Colorado loses its final two games.

 

2010 MLS CUP PLAYOFF STANDINGS

Through Sunday, October 10, 2010

  PTS GP W L T GF GA GD
x - Los Angeles Galaxy (1W) 56 28 17 6 5 41 22 19
x - Real Salt Lake (2W) 52 28 14 4 10 41 18 23
x - New York Red Bulls (1E) 48 28 14 8 6 35 27 8
x - Columbus Crew (2E) 46 28 13 8 7 35 31 4
x - FC Dallas 50 28 12 2 14 41 24 17
x - Seattle Sounders 45 28 13 9 6 36 32 4
x - San Jose Earthquakes 43 27 12 8 7 30 28 2
Colorado Rapids 42 28 11 8 9 39 29 10
Kansas City Wizards 33 27 9 12 6 30 33 -3
Chicago Fire 32 27 8 11 8 33 35 -2
Toronto FC 31 27 8 12 7 28 34 -6
New England Revolution 29 28 8 15 5 31 48 -17
Philadelphia Union 28 28 7 14 7 32 45 -13
Chivas USA 28 27 8 15 4 29 36 -7
Houston Dynamo 27 28 7 15 6 37 48 -11
D.C. United 21 28 6 19 3 19 44 -25
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.