MLS Playoff Race: Two teams clinch, big FC Dallas win

The busiest Wednesday of the season -- eight games -- resulted in two more teams clinching playoff berths in the Eastern Conference and a logjam at the top and a shakeup on the bubble in Western Conference.

Eastern Conference:
PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
62 (31) *Toronto FC  18-5-8 67/33
55 (30) *NYCFC  16-8-7 52/38
52 (30) *Atlanta United 15-8-7  66/35
51 (30) *Chicago 15-10-6   57/41
47 (31) Columbus 14-12-5 48/47
43 (30) NY Red Bulls  12-11-7  46/42
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39 (31) Montreal 11-14-6  49/52
38 (31) New England 11-15-5 48/58
38 (31) Orlando City  10-13-8 38/51
36 (31) Philadelphia 9-13-9 40/43
32 (31) ^D.C. United 9-17-5 30/52
*Clinched playoff berth.
^Eliminated from playoffs.

Atlanta United and Chicago clinch. Atlanta United will be the first expansion team since Seattle in 2009 to take part in the playoffs, clinching with a 3-0 win over Philadelphia. The Chicago Fire clinched its first playoff berth since 2012 with a 4-1 win at San Jose.

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MLS Leading Scorers:
G PLAYER, TEAM
20 Diego Valeri, Portland
20 (+2) Nemanja Nikolic, Chicago
19 David Villa, NYCFC
18 (+1) Josef Martinez, Atlanta United
17 Ignacio Piatti, Montreal

Montreal falls farther off pace. The New York Red Bulls are now winless in seven games, settling for a 3-3 tie at home with D.C. United despite two goals from 18-year-old Tyler Adams. But Montreal, rumored to be bringing Alessandro Nesta in from Miami FC next season as head, is now four points behind the Red Bulls in seventh place after a 1-0 loss at home to New York City FC.

Active winless streaks:
7 NY Red Bulls (0-2-5)
6 Houston (0-3-3)
5 LA Galaxy (0-3-2)

Western Conference:
PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
48 (30) Vancouver 14-10-6 47/43
47 (31) Portland 13-10-8 53/47
47 (29) Sporting KC 12-6-11 37/23
47 (31) Seattle 12-8-11 45/37
41 (31) Real Salt Lake 12-14-5 46/52
41 (30) FC Dallas 10-9-11 42/42
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40 (30) Houston 10-10-10 50/43
39 (31) San Jose 11-14-6 33/56
32 (29) Minn. United 9-15-5 40/59
28 (31) ^LA Galaxy 7-17-7 40/61
26 (30) ^Colorado 7-18-5 27/46
^Eliminated from playoffs.

Shakeup on bubble. FC Dallas is back above the red line, ending its 10-game winless streak with a 2-0 win over Colorado. It took advantage of Houston's 3-3 tie with the LA Galaxy -- the Dynamo rallied for two goals in the last six minutes from Honduran Alberth Elis -- and San Jose's stunning 4-1 loss at home to Chicago to climb two spots.

Logjam at top. Seattle's 3-0 win over Vancouver created a logjam at the top in the Western Conference with three teams -- Portland, Sporting KC and the Sounders -- now only a point behind the Whitecaps.

1 comment about "MLS Playoff Race: Two teams clinch, big FC Dallas win".
  1. Craig Cummings, September 29, 2017 at 10:25 p.m.

    Could we please see American leading goal scores.

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