Oct 19, 2013, 5:00 PM EST
Just two teams – which is amazing, really, when you think about it – with just one full weekend remaining? Are you kidding me? New York and Kansas City are in … the rest as still trying to join them.
Who is eliminated:
“The rest” hoping to join, in this case, means a full 13 other teams. That’s 13 teams still targeting 8 remaining playoff spots. Only four clubs have been officially eliminated: D.C. United, Toronto FC, Chivas USA and FC Dallas.
Matches tonight (listed above and to the right):
Real Salt Lake’s visit to Portland is easily the evening’s biggie; A winner out of this one in downtown Portland is in the driver’s seat for a Western Conference crown. A draw leaves the possibility open for Los Angeles or Seattle to slip in.
Colorado’s match against Vancouver could be for a playoff spot. In fact, Vancouver is out with a loss (although Oscar Pareja’s young Rapids are not necessarily in with a win – not yet, at least.
Who is setup to clinch tonight:
There are a bunch of teams that could conceivable clinch on Saturday, but most involve complicated scenarios; all these complicated scenarios are here. The ones most plausible tonight include:
Portland will clinch its first MLS playoff berth with a win tonight at home against Real Salt Lake. As mentioned, that would also give Caleb Porter’s team an inside track into a Western Conference championship – and what a turnabout that would be for a club that finished 8th of 9 teams last year and missed the playoffs by quite some measure.
Real Salt Lake would also clinch with a win on Saturday. Seeing as the match is at Jeld-Wen, that one falls on the “less likely” side, although certainly not without possibility.
Montreal can clinch with a win tonight vs. Philadelphia, paired with a Columbus Crew win over New England.
Colorado creeps very close to clinching with a win Saturday night at home over Vancouver, but still needs a Los Angeles to defeat or tie San Jose to book official passage in that case.
Who can be eliminated tonight:
New England, Columbus and Vancouver can all be tossed aside tonight … although it’s pretty complicated in the Revolution’s case. Long story short: if Jay Heaps’ team cannot beat Columbus tonight, then they are in big, big trouble.
It’s simple for Columbus, which will be eliminated without a win tonight at Gillette Stadium.
Same for Vancouver, which will be eliminated with a loss at Colorado and may also be officially scratched from the hopefuls list with a draw at DSG Park outside Denver.
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Dec 20, 2014, 9:51 PM EST
Doneil Henry is reportedly close to joining West Ham, which is a surprise, to say the least.
Dec 20, 2014, 8:46 PM EST
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Dec 20, 2014, 8:04 PM EST
NYCFC won’t be calling the Bronx home, but they’re still hopeful a deal can be done elsewhere in the city.
Dec 20, 2014, 7:13 PM EST
Arsene Wenger says he’s not cheap, and that you should join him for a night out if you don’t believe him.
Dec 20, 2014, 5:56 PM EST
Barcelona are keeping things tight in Spain, while Roma are losing sight of Juventus once again.
Dec 20, 2014, 4:33 PM EST
Four trophies in one calendar year — it’s a good time to be Real Madrid.
Dec 20, 2014, 3:42 PM EST
After collapsing on the field in a game back in July 2013, Engelbrecht had undergone four heart surgeries to get back on the pitch.
Dec 20, 2014, 3:16 PM EST
Things are going to be extra intense all Sunday morning, so put on a pot of coffee and enjoy the rush.
Dec 20, 2014, 2:25 PM EST
Pep Guardiola’s side carries a gaudy plus-37 goal differential, is 9-0 at home and has five wins and three draws on the road.
Dec 20, 2014, 2:15 PM EST
Martinez can’t put his finger on Everton’s struggles, but does think his side must defend better.
Dec 20, 2014, 1:40 PM EST
Mumbai was the home of the title match, with Atletico de Kolkata knocking off the Kerala Blasters 1-0.
Dec 20, 2014, 1:33 PM EST
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Dec 20, 2014, 12:45 PM EST
Benteke dances for space before lashing a curler into the goal to give Villa a 1-0 lead. It’s one of those “Why we watch” goals.
Dec 20, 2014, 12:40 PM EST
Match of the Day begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Watch it live online, here.
Dec 20, 2014, 12:34 PM EST
Watch Lamela scored a stunning strike to give Spurs another win.
Dec 20, 2014, 12:25 PM EST
United captain Wayne Rooney wasn’t interested in discussing his club’s failure to keep up with Manchester City.
Dec 20, 2014, 12:13 PM EST
Spurs seal third-straight win in all competitions to move up to sixth.
Dec 20, 2014, 12:05 PM EST
The Foxes are six points back of safety and share the worst goal differential in England’s top flight (minus-14).
Dec 20, 2014, 12:03 PM EST
Incredible comeback from 2-0 down seals yet another home win for QPR.
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