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RBNY Playoff Reset: Week 32

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3 games to go, and the Red Bulls are in a prime position.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

A relatively quiet week for MLS, due to the International break, saw the New York Red Bulls get a crucial win over the Montreal Impact, and get help elsewhere. FC Dallas went into Vancouver, and stole a point, which was the best possible outcome for the Shield hopes of the Red Bulls. With a 2 match week coming up for the Red Bulls, the stage is set to set the pace.

Below are the current standings with each team's maximum point and projected points. For a reminder, here's how they are calculated:

  • Maximum Points = Current Points + (Remaining Games x 3)
  • Projected Points = Current Points + (Current Home Points Per Game [PPG] x Home Games Left) + (Current Away PPG x Away Games Left)

You can see the full set of data on our Google Sheets file. Teams with a (x) next to their name have qualified for the playoffs.

Eastern Conference Standings

# Club PTS Max Pts Proj Pts GP PPG W GD GF
1 (x) New York Red Bulls 54 63 58 31 1.74 16 16 55
2 (x) D.C. United 48 54 51 32 1.5 14 -1 39
3 New England Revolution 47 53 49 32 1.47 13 0 45
4 Columbus Crew SC 47 53 49 32 1.47 13 -2 51
5 Toronto FC 46 55 51 31 1.48 14 2 55
6 Montreal Impact 45 51 47 32 1.41 13 2 45
7 Orlando City SC 41 47 43 32 1.28 11 -10 44
8 New York City FC 37 43 39 32 1.16 10 -6 47
9 Philadelphia Union 34 40 36 32 1.06 9 -11 40
10 Chicago Fire 30 36 31 32 0.94 8 -10 42

Supporter's Shield Standings

# Club PTS Max Pts Proj Pts GP PPG W GD GF
1 (x) New York Red Bulls 54 63 58 31 1.74 16 16 55
2 (x) FC Dallas 51 60 56 31 1.65 15 9 47
3 (x) LA Galaxy 51 57 54 32 1.59 14 14 53
4 (x) Vancouver Whitecaps FC 50 56 53 32 1.56 15 8 42
5 (x) D.C. United 48 54 51 32 1.5 14 -1 39
6 Sporting Kansas City 48 57 53 31 1.55 13 5 46
7 Seattle Sounders FC 47 53 49 32 1.47 14 6 40
8 New England Revolution 47 53 49 32 1.47 13 0 45
9 Columbus Crew SC 47 53 49 32 1.47 13 -2 51
10 Toronto FC 46 55 51 31 1.48 14 2 55
11 Montreal Impact 45 51 47 32 1.41 13 2 45
12 San Jose Earthquakes 44 50 46 32 1.38 12 2 39
13 Portland Timbers 44 53 47 31 1.42 12 -5 31
14 Houston Dynamo 41 47 43 32 1.28 11 -4 41
15 Real Salt Lake 41 50 45 31 1.32 11 -6 37
16 Orlando City SC 41 47 43 32 1.28 11 -10 44
17 New York City FC 37 43 39 32 1.16 10 -6 47
18 Philadelphia Union 34 40 36 32 1.06 9 -11 40
19 Colorado Rapids 34 40 35 32 1.06 8 -9 30
20 Chicago Fire 30 36 31 32 0.94 8 -10 42

Magic Numbers

1st in Eastern Conference: 1

One point in the 3 remaining matches for the Red Bulls would clinch first place in the Eastern Conference. The team has already secured a wild card round bye with their win over Montreal, giving them the advantage of rest before their first playoff match on November 1st.

Supporter's Shield: 6 (with help), 7 (without)

The Red Bulls' shield number was effectively cut in half by the draw between Vancouver and Dallas. 7 points would see the Red Bulls completely away from Dallas, who's max points is 60. 6 points would be enough though if Dallas loses either of their two matchups this week with Vancouver (at home) or Real Salt Lake (away) as Dallas would then lose the first tiebreaker, Wins.

RBNY Games this Week

10/14 - RBNY at Toronto

10/18 - RBNY vs Philly

Games to Watch

10/14 - Dallas vs Vancouver - A Vancouver win or draw makes the shield easier to obtain for the Red Bulls as it'll cut Dallas' max points down below 60.

10/17 - Toronto vs Columbus - While this match doesn't affect the Red Bulls in their finishing position, it does affect the Wild Card matchups.

10/17 - Salt Lake vs Dallas - If Dallas win against Vancouver, a loss is the desired outcome, as it'll help the Red Bulls on the tiebreakers.

10/18 - D.C. vs Chicago - Hope for a Chicago win as D.C. hasn't secured the #2 playoff spot in the East yet.

10/18 - LA vs Portland - While LA lags behind Dallas in the Shield race, a Portland win would help the Red Bulls' cause.