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Week 29: Playoff Picture Update

The Red Bulls 2-0 win over Toronto FC has them #1 in the East, but how does the rest of the playoff picture look?

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Every week for the rest of the year, we'll be reviewing the playoff picture and the Red Bulls' place in the race for the MLS Cup playoffs.

Current Standings:


Results That Affect NY
:

  • Toronto FC 1-1 Chicago
    • This result means one of Chicago's games in hand goes wasted as they only gained 1 point.
  • Montreal 1-2 Columbus
    • While Columbus won, they didn't gain any ground due to New York's win. However, Montreal losing means that they can only leapfrog New York by 3 points when they make up their two games in hand.
  • Philadelphia 0-1 Houston
    • While this allows Houston to jump back into the top 5, they don't make up any ground, and Philadelphia falls farther away from New York.
  • Chicago 3-2 New England
    • Same outcome as Philly-Houston.

Teams Eliminated This Week: Toronto FC (max points of 38)

Points Needed to Clinch Playoff Spot: 55, Philadelphia maxes out at 54 points.

Can New York Clinch a Playoff Spot This Week? No

New York's Matches This Week:

Other Matches to Watch This Week:

  • September 21:
    • Montreal vs Vancouver
      • Best result is a Montreal loss.
    • Toronto FC vs Sporting KC
      • Since Toronto is now eliminated, the best result is a Sporting KC loss.
    • New England vs D.C. United
      • Best result is a D.C. United win as they are already eliminated.
    • Columbus vs Chicago
      • The resuts that benefit New York the most are a draw or Columbus win.
    • Houston vs Chivas USA
      • Best result is a Houston loss.