Playoff Watch: Big MLS wins for D.C. United and Real Salt Lake

Nashville SC was the only team to clinch an MLS playoff berth on Wednesday when it rallied from 3-1 down for a 6-3 win over hapless FC Cincinnati, which will finish with the worst record in MLS for the third straight season.

But D.C. United and Real Salt Lake both picked up wins to move into the top seven in their conferences where tight playoff races will go down to the last two weekends of the regular season.

In the Eastern Conference, D.C. United edged the New York Bulls, 1-0, on 18-year-old Kevin Paredes' early goal to move into seventh place after falling to ninth place on Saturday when it lost to NYCFC, 6-0. The Red Bulls, who dropped to eighth place, had their eight-game unbeaten streak snapped.



CF Montreal, which beat Forge FC in a shootout to advance to the Canadian Championship final, and the Red Bulls trail D.C. United by one point but both have a game in hand.

Standings:
1. x-New England (33 games, 22-4-7) 73 pts.
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2. (+1) x-Nashville SC (32 games, 12-3-17) 52 pts.
3. (-1) Philadelphia (32 games, 13-8-11) 50 pts.
4. (+1) New York City FC (32 games, 13-11-8) 47 pts.
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5. (-1) Orlando City (32 games, 12-9-11) 47 pts.
6. (+1) Atlanta United (31 games, 12-9-10) 46 pts.
7. (+2) D.C. United (32 games, 13-14-5) 44 pts.
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8. (-2) NY Red Bulls (31 games, 12-12-7) 43 pts.
9. (-1) CF Montreal (31 games, 11-10-10) 43 pts.
10. (+1) Columbus (32 games, 11-13-8), 41 pts.
11. (-1)  Inter Miami (32 games, 11-16-5), 38 pts.
12. e-Chicago (33 games, 9-17-7), 34 pts.
13. e-Toronto FC (32 games, 6-17-9), 27 pts.
14. e-FC Cincinnati (32 games, 4-20-8), 20 pts.
x=clinched playoff berth; e=eliminated from playoffs.

In the Western Conference, Real Salt Lake moved ahead of Minnesota United into seventh place on the first tiebreaker (total wins) when Justin Meram came off the bench to set up Damir Kreilach and Albert Rusnak for goals in the last 10 minutes in the 2-1 win at FC Dallas.



The Loons, who fell, 2-1, at Vancouver, have played one more game than RSL. One point behind Real Salt Lake and Minnesota is LAFC, which beat Seattle, 3-0, to extend its unbeaten streak to five games.

Sporting KC took advantage of the Sounders' loss to take the lead in the Western Conference with a 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy. After it started out with seven wins in its first 10 games, the Galaxy's hold a playoff spot is precarious. It dropped to sixth place, below the Whitecaps, with a one-point advantage over RSL and Minnesota United.

Standings:
1. x-New England (33 games, 22-4-7) 73 pts.
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2. (+1) x-Nashville SC (32 games, 12-3-17) 52 pts.
3. (-1) Philadelphia (32 games, 13-8-11) 50 pts.
4. (+1) New York City FC (32 games, 13-11-8) 47 pts.
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5. (-1) Orlando City (32 games, 12-9-11) 47 pts.
6. (+1) Atlanta United (31 games, 12-9-10) 46 pts.
7. (+2) D.C. United (32 games, 13-14-5) 44 pts.
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8. (-2) NY Red Bulls (31 games, 12-12-7) 43 pts.
9. (-1) CF Montreal (31 games, 11-10-10) 43 pts.
10. (+1) Columbus (32 games, 11-13-8), 41 pts.
11. (-1)  Inter Miami (32 games, 11-16-5), 38 pts.
12. e-Chicago (33 games, 9-17-7), 34 pts.
13. e-Toronto FC (32 games, 6-17-9), 27 pts.
14. e-FC Cincinnati (32 games, 4-20-8), 20 pts.
x=clinched playoff berth; e=eliminated from playoffs.

Eastern Conference:
1. (+1) x-Sporting KC (31 games, 17-7-7) 58 pts.
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2. (-1) x-Seattle (32 games, 17-8-7) 58 pts.
3. x-Colorado (32 games, 15-7-10) 55 pts.
4. Portland (32 games, 15-13-4) 49 pts.
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5. (+2) Vancouver (32 games, 12-9-11) 47 pts.
6. (-1) LA Galaxy (32 games, 13-12-7) 46 pts.
7. (+1) Real Salt Lake (31 games, 13-12-6) 45 pts.
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8. (-2) Minn. United (32 games, 12-11-9) 45 pts.
9. LAFC (32 games, 12-12-8) 44 pts.
10. e-San Jose (32 games, 9-13-10) 37 pts.
11. e-Houston (32 games, 6-14-12) 30 pts.
12. e-FC Dallas (32 games, 6-15-11) 29 pts.
13. e-Austin FC (31 games, 8-19-4) 28 pts.
x=clinched playoff berth; e=eliminated from playoffs.

MLS Schedule:
Saturday, October 30
NY Red Bulls vs. CF Montreal, 3 p.m.
Inter Miami vs. NYCFC, 3:30 p.m.
Atlanta United vs. Toronto FC, 6 p.m.
Philadelphia vs. FC Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.
D.C. United vs. Columbus, 7:30 p.m.
FC Dallas vs. Austin FC, 8 p.m.
Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 31
Chicago vs. New England, 1 p.m.
Houston vs. Colorado, 3:30 p.m.
Orlando City vs. Nashville SC, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota United vs. Sporting KC, TBD
Monday, November 1
Seattle  vs. LA Galaxy, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, November 2
LAFC vs. Vancouver, 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 3
NY Red Bulls vs. Atlanta United, TBD
CF Montreal vs. Houston, 7:30 p.m.
Austin FC vs. Sporting KC, 9 p.m.
Real Salt Lake vs. Portland, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 7
FC Cincinnati vs. Atlanta United, 3:30 p.m.
Columbus vs. Chicago, 3:30 p.m.
CF Montreal vs. Orlando City, 3:30 p.m.
Nashville SC vs. NY Red Bulls, 3:30 p.m.
New England vs. Inter Miami, 3:30 p.m.
NYCFC vs. Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m.
Toronto FC vs. D.C. United, 3:30 p.m.
Colorado vs. LAFC, 6 p.m.
Sporting KC vs. Real Salt Lake, 6 p.m.
LA Galaxy vs. Minnesota United, 6 p.m.
Portland vs. Austin FC, 6 p.m.
San Jose vs. FC Dallas, 6 p.m.
Vancouver vs. Seattle, 6 p.m.

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