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2. MLS: Weekend action to shape postseason
September 29th, 2006 2:01PM

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With three games left in the regular season, three teams have clinched playoff berths - D.C. United, FC Dallas and the Chicago Fire. Nine are vying for the remaining five playoff berths. Here's how this weekend's six games can shape the postseason.

SATURDAY, Sept. 30
NEW ENGLAND-COLORADO 7:30 pm ET. TV: Direct Kick, FSN-NE.
New England clinches a playoff spot with a win OR if New York fails to beat Chicago. Colorado clinches with a win if Real Salt Lake loses to Kansas City.
NEW YORK-CHICAGO 7:30 pm ET. TV: HDNet
If New York loses and Kansas City beats Real Salt Lake, New York will need to win its last two games and have Kansas City lose or tie against Chivas USA on Oct. 7.
COLUMBUS-DALLAS 7:30 pm ET. No TV.
Columbus is eliminated with a loss or tie.
HOUSTON-D.C. UNITED 8:30 pm ET. TV: Direct Kick, CSN-DC (also on delay, 11 pm ET on Fox Soccer Channel).
A D.C. United win gives it the regular-season title, which earns it a spot in the in the 2007 CONCACAF Champions Cup. Houston will clinch a playoff spot if it wins AND Real Salt Lake fails to win against Kansas City.
KANSAS CITY-REAL SALT LAKE 8:30 pm ET. TV: Direct Kick, KSL.
Neither team can clinch this weekend, but Columbus is out of K.C. wins, a result that could also eliminate Salt Lake.
LOS ANGELES-CHIVAS USA 10:30 pm ET. TV: Direct Kick, FSN-PT.
Chivas USA clinches with a win if Salt Lake fails to win against Kansas City. Los Angeles is eliminated unless it wins.


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