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MLS Playoff Update: Quakes close to clinching

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

PTSGPWLTGFGAGD
x - Los Angeles Galaxy (1W)53271665402218
x - Real Salt Lake (2W)51271449411823
x - New York Red Bulls (1E)4727148535278
x - Columbus Crew (2E)4627137735296
x - FC Dallas492712213392217
Seattle Sounders4227129634313
Colorado Rapids41271179372710
San Jose Earthquakes4026118728280
Kansas City Wizards332691162931-2
Toronto FC312781272834-6
Chicago Fire292671183135-4
Philadelphia Union282771373244-12
Houston Dynamo272771463646-10
New England Revolution262771552947-18
Chivas USA252671542636-10
D.C. United212761831942-23
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