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Seattle Can Clinch Playoff Berth With Win

Seattle can clinch a playoff spot with a win Saturday against Kansas City. A win would give the team 44 points to earn one of four wild-card berths. Another win in the regular season finale Oct. 24, plus some favorable results in other games, could send Seattle to a higher seed in the Western Conference. "We'd like to take care of it this weekend if we can," Coach Sigi Schmid said. "It's always a lot better to be in the position that we're in." Seattle's opponents also need to win to keep playoff hopes alive. "They have to play to win," Schmid said of Kansas City. "It's not a point that they're looking to get. They're playing to win, so that should allow the game to be a little more open and they shouldn't be bunkered in the back [on defense] in any way."

A loss or draw for Seattle, and complications ensue. For example, the Seattle Times breaks down the scenarios that Seattle needs to clinch a playoff spot if it draws against Kansas City. Seattle needs a D.C. tie or loss against Columbus and a tie or loss for FC Dallas against Colorado. It also needs Toronto FC to lose to FC Real Salt Lake.

Schmid figures his team can minimize a little heartache if it simply wins. "We've definitely been a good road team," Schmid said. "If it's one [point] we'll take one, but three points is what we're shooting for. If we're going to fly all that way, we might as well bring back all three."


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