10 teams, five more playoff spots
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With less than three weeks left in the regular season, 10 teams still can claim to have a legitimate shot at the postseason. Columbus, Los Angeles and Houston are already in, while Chicago and Seattle are tied with the aforementioned Chivas. Two wins would put the Rapids into the playoffs, while four points would probably do the trick as well. New England has three games to state its case, although last week's 0-1-1 stretch doesn't bode well for the
Of the four matches on the MLS docket this week, Saturday's trio all figure into the playoff picture. (FC Dallas would like to argue its fixture with San Jose on Wednesday night has playoff implications, but with just 33 points, Free Kicks is officially booting the Hoops from the postseason race.) The Revs and TFC both desperately need three points from home matches against the Crew and the Quakes, respectively. Anything less and they'll watch the playoffs from their couches. Chivas USA doesn't necessarily have to win at home against Kansas City, but getting to 44 points essentially would stamp its postseason dance card. Everyone else, of course, will be watching World Cup qualifying.