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October 18th, 2011 12:06AM

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[DATEBOOK] The final week of the regular season begins Wednesday with one game. D.C. United and the Portland Timbers, who both have a game in hand on the other 16 MLS teams, play at RFK Stadium. United will be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss or tie; the Timbers must not lose to avoid elimination. For all the action ...

WEEK 32 SCHEDULE:
Oct. 19
8 p.m. ET
D.C. United vs. Portland

Oct. 20
8 p.m. ET
New York vs. Philadelphia,  ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

Oct. 22
12:30 p.m. ET
Toronto FC vs. New England, TSN
7 p.m. ET
Vancouver vs. Colorado
7:30 p.m. ET
D.C. United vs. Sporting KC
8:30 p.m. ET
Chicago vs. Columbus
9 p.m. ET
Real Salt Lake  vs. Portland
10:30 p.m. ET
San Jose vs. FC Dallas
Chivas USA vs. Seattle

Oct. 23
7 p.m. ET
Houston vs. Los Angeles, Galavision

STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference
PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T +/1
48 (33) Sporting KC 12-9-12 49/40
48 (33) Philadelphia 11-7-14 44/35
47 (33) Columbus 13-12-8 41/41
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46 (33) Houston 11-9-13 42/40
43 (33) New York 9-8-16 49/44
40 (33) Chicago 7-10-16 43/43
38 (32) D.C. United 9-12-11 48/50
32 (33) Toronto FC 6-13-14 34/57
27 (33) New England 5-16-12 36/56

Western Conference
PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T +/-
67 (33) Los Angeles 19-4-10 47/25
60 (33) Seattle 17-7-9 53/36
52 (33) Real Salt Lake 15-11-7 43/35
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52 (33) FC Dallas 15-11-7 40/35
46 (33) Colorado 11-9-13 42/30
40 (32) Portland 11-14-7 38/46
36 (33) Chivas USA 8-13-12 40/40
35 (33) San Jose 7-12-14 36/43
28 (33) Vancouver 6-17-10 34/53

Wildcard Race (top 4 qualify)
PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T +/-
52 (33) FC Dallas 15-11-7 40/35
46 (33) Colorado 11-9-13 42/40
46 (33) Houston 11-9-13 42/40
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43 (33) New York 9-8-16 49/44
40 (33) Chicago 7-10-16 43/43
40 (32) Portland 11-14-7 38/46
38 (32) D.C. United 9-12-11 48/50
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36 (32) Chivas USA 8-12-12 40/39
35 (33) San Jose 7-12-14 36/43
32 (33) Toronto FC 6-13-14 34/57
28 (33) Vancouver 6-17-10 34/53
27 (33) New England 5-16-12 36/56

Tiebreakers
1) The highest position shall be awarded to the team with the better win/loss record in current regular season games against all other teams equal in points. (head-to-head competition)

2) If the teams are still equal in the standings, the highest position shall be awarded to the team with the greater goal difference against all other teams during the regular season. (goal differential)

3) If the teams are still equal in the standings, the highest position shall be awarded to the team scoring the greatest number of total goals against all other teams during the regular season. (total goals)

4) If the teams are still equal in the standings, the procedures described in this section shall be applied only to games played on the road by each team against all other teams during the regular season. (road 1-3)

5) If the teams are still equal in the standings, the procedures described in this section shall be applied only to games played at home by each team against all other teams during the regular season. (home 1-3)

6) If the teams are still equal in the standings, the highest position shall be awarded to the team with the fewest team disciplinary points in the League Fair Play table during the regular season.



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