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September 27, 2010 at 2:47 PM

MLS playoff scenarios: who can clinch or be eliminated

The front-running Los Angeles Galaxy clinched a playoff berth a while back and defending champion Real Salt Lake punched its ticket last weekend. Conversely, three teams have been officially eliminated: D.C. United, New England and Houston. Take a look at the table here.

So with 11 teams battling for six remaining berths to the postseason, here are some scenarios to consider heading into this week (courtesy of the league):

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Columbus Crew will clinch a playoff spot this week IF:

— CLB defeats SJ Saturday AND

— KC fails to win Saturday in NY OR IF:

— CLB ties SJ AND

— KC loses to NY.

New York Red Bulls will clinch a playoff spot this week IF:

— NY defeats KC on Saturday (clinches at least 2nd in East)

FC Dallas will clinch a playoff spot this week IF:

— FCD defeats CHI Saturday OR IF:

— FCD ties CHI Saturday AND

— KC fails to win in NY.

Chivas USA will be eliminated from playoff contention IF:

— CHV fails to win against LA on Sunday OR IF:

— SEA, SJ and COL all win (prior to Sunday’s CHV-LA game).

Toronto FC will be eliminated from playoff contention IF:

— TOR loses in Seattle on Saturday AND

— SJ and COL both win.

The Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union both play road games Wednesday night that are essentially must-wins. Neither club can be eliminated on Wednesday, but they both need to win and get help from the teams facing Seattle and San Jose on the weekend to keep realistic chances alive.

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