MLS Playoff Race: Red Bulls' victory ends suspense in Eastern Conference

The New York Red Bulls clinched the last remaining playoff berth in MLS's Eastern Conference when they beat the Western Conference leader Vancouver Whitecaps, 3-0.

Tyler Adams, 18, had assists on the first two goals by Danny Royer and Bradley Wright-Phillips as the Red Bulls returned to the playoffs for the eighth year in a row. No other team in the Eastern Conference has made the playoffs more than three straight years.



The situation is drastically different in the Western Conference, where the Whitecaps lost an opportunity to pull away the top. They still lead second-place Sporting Kansas City by three points but have played one more game.

After Sporting KC plays Houston on Wednesday, every team will be even on 32 games. The Dynamo will be looking to open up a lead on the three other teams it is battling for the final two playoff berths in the Western Conference. As it stands now, just one point separates Houston, FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake and San Jose.

MLS games during FIFA break:
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3
Atlanta United 3 Minn. United 2
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7

NY Red Bulls 3 Vancouver 0
Colorado 1 FC Dallas 1
Minn. United 1 Sporting KC 1
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 (32) *Atlanta United 15-9-8  68/38
52 (32) *Chicago 15-10-7 58/42
50 (32) *Columbus 15-12-5 50/47
46 (32) *NY Red Bulls  13-12-7 51/46
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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 (32) ^D.C. United 9-18-5 30/54
*Clinched playoff berth.
^Eliminated from playoffs.

Western Conference:
PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
51 (32) *Vancouver 15-11-6 48/46
48 (31) Sporting KC 12-7-12 38/25
47 (32) Portland 13-11-8 54/49
47 (32) Seattle 12-9-11 45/39
43 (31) Houston 11-10-10 52/44
43 (32) FC Dallas 10-9-13 43/43
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42 (32) Real Salt Lake 12-14-6 47/53
42 (32) San Jose 12-13-6 35/57
36 (32) ^Minn. United 10-16-6 45/64
30 (32) ^Colorado 8-18-6 30/48
28 (32) ^LA Galaxy 7-17-8 41/62
*Clinched playoff berth.
^Eliminated from playoffs.
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