MLS Playoff Race: Canadian teams on course toward unprecedented sweep

It's looking more and more like both MLS conferences will be won by Canadian teams.

Vancouver extends lead. Toronto FC clinched the Eastern Conference title and its first MLS Supporters' Shield with a 4-2 win over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday while the Vancouver Whitecaps blew open the Western Conference race when they won, 1-0, at Sporting KC and Portland and Seattle both lost, leaving the 'Caps with a four-point lead.



Red Bulls still in command. Even though they lost and are now winless in eight straight games, the Red Bulls still remain four points ahead of Montreal, now tied with New England, Philadelphia and New England for the final playoff berth.

The Red Bulls could end the suspense in the Eastern Conference with a win over Vancouver on Saturday.

Five games during break. The game is one of five during the FIFA break -- there were just two when schedule was first drawn up -- that will put all teams at 32 games for the final two Sundays of the season on Oct. 15 and Oct. 22.

Sporting Kansas City has two games in hand on Vancouver but both are on the road. The second one is at Houston, which could pull away from the three teams it is battling for two playoff berths in the Western Conference with a win.

Loons off bottom. As it stands, only three of the 10 teams that won't make the playoffs have been decided. Even Minnesota United is still in the hunt but it would need a sweep of its final four games, beginning with Tuesday's match at Atlanta United, to even have a chance of finishing in the top six.

Just one win, though, would assure the Lions of staying out the MLS and outdistancing themselves for the shock last-place team, the Galaxy.

MLS games during FIFA break:
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3
Atlanta United vs. Minn. United 7 pm
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7

NY Red Bulls vs. Vancouver 5 pm
Colorado vs. FC Dallas 9 pm
Minn. United vs. Sporting KC 8 pm
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11
Houston vs. Sporting KC 7 pm

Eastern Conference:
PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
65 (32) *Toronto FC  19-5-8 71/35
56 (32) *NYCFC  16-8-8 53/39
53 (31) *Atlanta United 15-8-8  66/35
52 (32) *Chicago 15-10-7   58/42
50 (32) *Columbus 15-12-5 50/47
43 (31) NY Red Bulls  12-12-7  48/46
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39 (32) Montreal 11-15-6  50/54
39 (32) New England 11-15-6 48/58
39 (32) Philadelphia 10-13-9 42/43
39 (32) Orlando City  10-13-9 38/51
32 (31) ^D.C. United 9-18-5 30/55
*Clinched playoff berth.
^Eliminated from playoffs.

Western Conference:
PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
51 (31) *Vancouver 15-10-6 48/43
47 (32) Portland 13-11-8 54/49
47 (30) Sporting KC 12-7-11 37/24
47 (32) Seattle 12-9-11 45/39
43 (31) Houston 11-10-10 52/44
42 (32) Real Salt Lake 12-14-6 47/53
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42 (32) San Jose 12-13-6 35/57
41 (31) FC Dallas 10-9-12 42/42
32 (30) Minn. United 9-16-5 41/61
29 (31) ^Colorado 8-18-5 29/47
28 (32) ^LA Galaxy 7-17-8 41/62
*Clinched playoff berth.
^Eliminated from playoffs.
1 comment about "MLS Playoff Race: Canadian teams on course toward unprecedented sweep".
  1. DonJuego Lee, October 2, 2017 at 9:06 a.m.

    If FC Dallas is 10-9-12 then their points are 42, not 41

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