With the regular season coming to an end in the MLS, teams are starting to secure their places in the post season, and at the other end of the spectrum, teams are being ruled out of the postseason.
The LA Galaxy and Seattle are the only two sides to have officially booked playoff soccer whereas Montreal and Chivas USA cannot make they playoffs after poor seasons.
However the 'In and Out' list's could get a lot bigger this week with three sides able to make the playoffs if results go their way.
DC United can make the playoffs with a win or tie against Sporting Kansas City on Friday. They sit top of the Eastern Conference after a woeful 2013 season where they finished bottom of the overall MLS table. They need a win or a tie to secure their spot however if they lose they could also make the playoffs if other results go their way.
Real Salt Lake have another chance to clinch a playoff berth this weekend after failing to get the right result last time out against when they lost to Vancouver. This weekend they travel to the StubHub Centre to face Chivas, who have nothing to play for but pride. So, expect Salt Lake to get the job done this Sunday. However if they fail to win against Chivas, they will still be a playoff team if other results go around the league go in their favor.
FC Dallas are the final team who can clinch a playoff spot this weekend. They travel to Vancouver knowing that a win will see them into the playoffs for the first time since 2011. They could also qualify if Portland lose to San Jose on Saturday.
Those are the three sides who can secure postseason soccer but San Jose, Chicago and Colorado could all find themselves out of the picture when Week 30 wraps up.
Here's a detailed look at the playoff situation going into this weekend:
D.C. United will secure a playoff berth if:
They win or tie vs. Sporting Kansas City on Friday
New York Red Bulls and Houston Dynamo tie on Saturday
Toronto FC lose or tie vs. LA Galaxy on Saturday
Real Salt Lake will secure a playoff berth if:
They win vs Chivas USA on Sunday
Vancouver Whitecaps FC lose vs. FC Dallas on Saturday
Portland Timbers lose or tie vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday
FC Dallas will secure a playoff berth if:
They win vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday
Portland Timbers lose vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday
FC Dallas tie vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday and;
Portland Timbers tie vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday
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