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September 11, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Sounders can clinch playoff berth this weekend

MLS Logo.jpgUPDATE: As pointed out by a reader, Toronto FC cannot make the playoffs. TFC has a 42-point maximum and five teams in the East are guaranteed 43 points.

Sounders FC has been on pace for a fourth-straight playoff berth for quite a while, but the team can make another postseason trip official this weekend.

Here is the scenario to clinch a berth, as provided by MLS:

Seattle Sounders FC will clinch a playoff spot IF

— Seattle Sounders FC WIN against Portland Timbers on Saturday AND

— San Jose Earthquakes WIN against Chivas USA on Saturday

Right now, San Jose is the only team that has clinched a playoff berth, which coincidentally came via Seattle’s win over Chivas USA last weekend. In a couple other scenarios, New England and Toronto FC can be mathematically eliminated from postseason contention this weekend. (See update above)

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What do you think? Would you rather wait to a see a playoff berth clinched because you don’t want San Jose to win?

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