Remaining schedules as eight MLS sides vie for six playoff spots
Major League Soccer will see every team finally level on games played after next week’s trio of midweek matches.
MLS takes a week off following those matches, with two weekends worth of top-flight matches culminating in 10 4 p.m. ET kickoffs on Oct. 23.
Below is a breakdown of remaining matches for the teams who have neither clinched a playoff spot nor been eliminated from postseason contention.
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We’ve included Columbus and San Jose despite the extreme unlikelihood that either would make a fateful run to the playoffs.
Oct. 8 has Colorado at Houston, Oct. 12 sees Houston at Seattle, while Oct. 13’s docket has Columbus at Chicago and San Jose at Colorado.
4. Montreal (44 points) -- HOME vs. TOR, AWAY to NE
5. DC United (43 points) -- HOME vs. NYC, AWAY to DC
6. Philadelphia (42 points) -- HOME vs. ORL, HOME vs. RBNY
7. New England (39 points) -- AWAY to CHI, HOME vs. MTL
8. Columbus (35 points) -- AWAY to CHI, AWAY to RBNY, AWAY to NYC
Breakdown: This is four teams going for three slots. New England needs significant help, but has a favorable schedule. A single win for Montreal will do the trick, though a draw or better in its finale would be enough. DC would be through with a win, while Philly should be fine with a win barring a shocking turn of events in its 13-goal advantage in goal difference on NE.
4. Real Salt Lake (45 points) -- HOME vs. KC, AWAY to SEA
5. Seattle (44 points) -- HOME vs. HOU, AWAY to DAL, HOME to RSL
6. Sporting KC (43 points) -- AWAY to RSL, HOME to SJ
7. Portland (41 points) -- HOME vs. COL, AWAY to VAN
8. San Jose (37 points) -- AWAY to COL, HOME vs. VAN, AWAY to KC
Breakdown: Same as the East here, as realistically we’re looking at four teams vying for three spots. The contenders’ incestuous schedules will make the final two weeks a thrill ride. There’s a scenario where all four of RSL, Seattle, KC, and Portland are within two points of each other on the season’s final day.