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Breaking down Eastern Conference scenarios
October 22nd, 2012 11:30PM

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[MLS SPOTLIGHT] All five playoff berths have been decided, though we don't know yet who will play whom. Only current leader Sporting Kansas City is assured of avoiding a play-in game. The four games that matter will take place one after the other -- one on Wednesday and three on Saturday. For a look at the various scenarios ...

EASTERN CONFERENCE
STANDINGS:
PTS TEAM W-L-T- +/-
60 Sporting KC 17-7-9 40/26
57 D.C. United 17-10-6 52/42
56 Chicago 17-11-5 45/40
54 New York 15-9-9 54/46
53 Houston 14-8-11 48/39

GOALS SCORED:
+/- TEAM
54/46 New York
52/42 D.C. United
48/39 Houston
45/40 Chicago
40/26 Sporting KC

WEEK 33:
Wednesday, October 24
Sporting KC vs. Philadelphia, 8:30 pm
Saturday, October 27
Philadelphia vs. New York, 1:30 pm NBC
Chicago vs. D.C. United, 4 pm NBCSN
Colorado vs. Houston, 9 pm

1. Sporting KC 60 points (40/26 +/-). Wednesday: vs. Philadelphia.
Finishes ...
First:
win or tie vs. Philadelphia OR Chicago win or tie vs. D.C. United.
Second: loss vs. Philadelphia AND D.C. United win vs. Chicago.
*Mathematical possibility exists that Sporting KC could lose out to D.C. United for first based on goals scored or on goal difference.

2. D.C. United 57 points (52/42 +/1). Saturday: at Chicago.
Finishes ...
First: win vs. Chicago AND Sporting KC loss vs. Philadelphia.
Second: win vs. Chicago AND Sporting KC win or tie vs. Philadelphia; OR tie vs. Chicago.
*Third: loss to Chicago AND New York loss or tie vs. Philadelphia.
*Fourth: loss to Chicago AND New York win over Philadelphia.
*Mathematical possibility exists that D.C. United could lose out to Sporting KC for first or beat out New York for third based on goals scored or on goal difference.

3. Chicago 56 points (45/40 +/1). Saturday vs. D.C. United.
Finishes ...
Second: win vs. D.C. United.
*Third: tie vs. D.C. United AND New York loss or tie vs. Philadelphia; OR loss vs. D.C. United AND New York tie or loss vs. Philadelphia AND Houston tie or loss with Colorado.
*Fourth: loss vs. D.C. United AND New York win vs. Philadelphia OR Houston win over Colorado; OR tie vs. D.C. United AND New York win.
*Fifth: loss vs. D.C. United AND New York win vs. Philadelphia AND Houston win over Colorado.
*Mathematical possibility exists that Chicago could beat out New York and Houston for third or New York or Houston for fourth based on goals scored or goal difference.

4. New York 54 points (54/46 +/1). Saturday: at Philadelphia.
Finishes ...
Third: win vs. Philadelphia AND Chicago loss or tie vs. D.C. United.
Fourth: tie or loss vs. Philadelphia AND Houston tie or loss vs. Colorado.
Fifth: tie or loss vs. Philadelphia AND Houston win over Colorado.
*Mathematical possibility exists that New York could beat out Houston for fourth or lose out to D.C. United or Chicago for third based on goals scored or goal difference.

5. Houston 53 points (48/39 +/-). Saturday: at Colorado.
Finishes ...
Third: win vs. Colorado AND Chicago loss vs. D.C. United AND New York loss or tie vs. Philadelphia.
Fourth: win vs. Colorado AND Chicago win or tie vs. D.C. United AND New York loss or tie vs. Philadelphia; OR win vs. Colorado AND Chicago loss vs. D.C. United AND New York win vs. Philadelphia.
Fifth: loss or tie vs. Colorado; OR win vs. Colorado AND New York win vs. Philadelphia and AND Chicago win or tie vs. Philadelphia.
*Mathematical possibility exists that Houston could lose out to Chicago for third or fourth or beat out New York for fourth based on goals scored or goal difference.



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