Timbers one of six clubs with chance to clinch playoff berth this week

MLS Cup Playoffs Race Heats Up; Six Teams Can Clinch a Playoff Spot

Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy, 9.29.13

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Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

The Timbers moved even closer to clinching their first-ever postseason berth on Sunday night with a 2-2 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Now, with just three games remaining in the regular season – and with just one MLS club (New York) that has locked up a playoff spot – the Timbers are one of six teams looking to secure a berth this week.

Portland, the Houston Dynamo, Seattle Sounders FC, Colorado Rapids, Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake all enter the week with the potential to lock up a spot to the MLS Cup Playoffs. On the other side of the spectrum, Vancouver and Columbus are in danger of being eliminated.

Here’s a look at what needs to happen for the Timbers, and the rest of the teams, to prolong their seasons and have a shot at the title.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Portland will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

  • Timbers win vs. Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday AND
  • Colorado Rapids win or tie vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday OR
  • Portland Timbers tie vs. Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday AND
  • Colorado Rapids win vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday AND
  • Seattle Sounders FC win or tie vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday

Seattle Sounders FC will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

  • Seattle Sounders FC win vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday OR
  • Colorado Rapids win or tie vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday OR
  • Seattle Sounders FC win vs. Portland Timbers on Sunday

Real Salt Lake will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

  • Colorado Rapids win or tie vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday

Colorado Rapids will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

  • Colorado Rapids win vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday AND
  • Seattle Sounders FC win or tie vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday

Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be eliminated from playoff contention IF

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC lose vs. Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday AND
  • Colorado Rapids win vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Sporting Kansas City will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

  • Sporting Kansas City win vs. Houston Dynamo on Wednesday OR
     
  • Chicago Fire tie or lose vs. FC Dallas on Saturday OR
     
  • Philadelphia Union lose vs. D.C. United on Saturday

Houston Dynamo will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

  • Houston Dynamo win vs. Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday AND
  • New England Revolution tie or lose vs. Montréal Impact on Saturday AND
  • Chicago Fire lose vs. FC Dallas on Saturday

Columbus Crew will be eliminated from playoff contention IF

  • Houston Dynamo win or tie vs. Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday AND
  • Montréal Impact win vs. New England Revolution on Saturday AND
  • Philadelphia Union win vs. D.C. United on Saturday OR
     
  • Columbus Crew lose vs. New England Revolution on Oct. 19 OR
     
  • Columbus Crew tie vs. New England Revolution on Oct. 19 AND
  • Philadelphia Union win or tie vs. D.C. United on Saturday OR
  • Chicago Fire win vs. FC Dallas on Saturday