John Todd

Playoff Update: Quakes still have cushion

The San Jose Earthquakes didn't help their playoff standing, but they maintain a six-point cushion over the Kansas City Wizards. Both teams have five games remaining, meaning the Quakes will really need to stumble to let Kansas City into the picture.

The Colorado Rapids were also in action Wednesday night, defeating the Philadelphia Union 4-1. The Rapids now lead Seattle and San Jose by two points for the No. 6 seed.

If the season ended today, here's how the teams would line up in the post-season:

LA Galaxy (W1) vs. Colorado Rapids (WC)
Real Salt Lake (W2) vs. FC Dallas (WC)
Columbus Crew (E1) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (WC)
New York Red Bulls (E2) vs. Seattle Sounders (WC)



Through Wednesday, September 29, 2010

x - LA Galaxy (1W)50261565382117
x - Real Salt Lake (2W)48261349391722
Columbus Crew (1E)4526137635296
New York Red Bulls (2E)4426138534277
FC Dallas462611213362214
Colorado Rapids41261178372611
Seattle Sounders3926119631292
San Jose Earthquakes3925118628280
Kansas City Wizards332591062930-1
Toronto FC312681172631-5
Chicago Fire292571083132-1
Philadelphia Union272671363143-12
New England Revolution262671452845-17
Houston Dynamo262671453545-10
Chivas USA252571442533-9
D.C. United182651831842-24
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

Playoff Schedule

October 28-31Conference Semifinals, 1st legTBD
November 4-7Conference Semifinals, 2nd legTBD
November 11-14Conference FinalsTBD
November 21MLS CupBMO Field, Toronto, ON

READ: Playoff format rules and tie-breaking procedures here.

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