Playoff scenarios: Union can clinch berth in Week 31 (UPDATED)

Win or tie vs. Toronto seals a playoff berth, and another way too

Following Friday’s matches, there are still nine teams fighting for the final six spots in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

The matches on Saturday will go a long way to settling the dust. Here’s how things could shake out.

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Philadelphia Union will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs if:

·         they defeat or tie Toronto FC (Oct. 15) OR

·         New York loses to Kansas City (Oct. 15)


Colorado Rapids will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs if:

·         D.C. United ties or loses to Chicago (Oct. 15) OR

·         New York loses to Kansas City (Oct. 15)


Houston Dynamo will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs if:

·        D.C. United ties or loses to Chicago (Oct. 15) AND

·        Columbus defeats New England (Oct. 15) AND

·        There is a winner in the New York-Kansas City game (Oct. 15)


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

·         they defeat New York (Oct. 15)


Columbus Crew will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs if:

·         they defeat New England (Oct. 15) AND

o    New York loses to Kansas City (Oct. 15) OR

o    D.C. United ties or loses to Chicago (Oct. 15)


Chicago Fire will be eliminated from MLS Cup Playoffs contention if:

·         they tie or lose to D.C. United

OR

·         New York wins or ties vs. Kansas City (Oct. 15)


D.C. United will be eliminated from MLS Cup Playoffs contention if:

·         they lose to Chicago (Oct. 15) AND

o    New York defeats Kansas City (Oct. 15) AND

o    Columbus defeats or ties New England (Oct. 15)


New York Red Bulls will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs if:

·         they defeat Kansas City (Oct. 15) AND

·         D.C. United ties or loses to Chicago (Oct. 15)


Portland Timbers can neither clinch nor be eliminated from playoff contention regardless of results on Saturday or Sunday.