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 SuperClásico on Sunday.
2010 MLS PLAYOFF STANDINGS
Through Sunday, October 3, 2010
|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|
|San Jose Earthquakes||40||26||11||8||7||28||28||0|
|Kansas City Wizards||33||26||9||11||6||29||31||-2|
|New England Revolution||26||27||7||15||5||29||47||-18|
|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