The San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders can feel safer about their post-season chances after slaying a pair of Eastern Conference contenders over the weekend.
San Jose's 3-2 win against Toronto FC on Saturday gave the Quakes a six-point cushion on ninth-place Kansas City with a game in hand. The Reds now trail eighth-place Colorado by seven points with four games to go.
The Sounders were also benefactors of the weekend's results following a 1-0 win against Chicago and Kansas City's 3-1 loss to FC Dallas.
Elsewhere around the league, Real Salt Lake became the second team to clinch a playoff spot following its draw against the Colorado Rapids. The MLS Cup holders also picked up a point in the race for the Supporter's Shield following the Galaxy's 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Friday.
The New England Revolution and Houston Dynamo were officially eliminated from post-season contention on Saturday.
2010 MLS PLAYOFF STANDINGS
Through Saturday, September 25, 2010
|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|
|San Jose Earthquakes||39||24||11||7||6||28||25||3|
|Kansas City Wizards||33||25||9||10||6||29||30||-1|
|New England Revolution||26||26||7||14||5||28||45||-17|
|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
READ: Playoff format rules and tie-breaking procedures here.