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Who’s in and who’s out? How things stand heading into final week of MLS season

Oct 21, 2013, 10:20 AM EST

Andres Romero, Patrice Bernier, Marco Di Vaio,

With just one week of MLS regular-season left, and things balanced on a knife edge, there’s still plenty to be sorted out in the final few games of an extremely exciting 2013 campaign.

Supporters’ Shield champs, Conference champions and playoff seeds are still undecided, so there’s plenty riding on the final week of play.

Saturday and Sunday should provide one of the most entertaining finishes to an MLS season, ever, with the Eastern Conference awash with postseason permutations going down to the final few minutes of the 34-game campaign. Just check out the standings below to see how close things are, incredible.

(MORE: MLS Review: Round 34)

Things are extremely tight in the East, with 3rd placed Montreal just three points ahead of seventh placed Philadelphia, as five teams are battling away for the final three playoff berths. if New York beat Chicago at Red Bull Arena, they’ll win the Shield, while New England have the edge over their counterparts in the East with a +10 goal differential. Montreal, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia are all separated by just three points and three goals.

(MORE: Full MLS Standings here)

Out West, things are pretty much squared away following the weekends results, as San Jose need an 18 goals swing to jump ahead of fifth placed Colorado. Portland, LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake and Seattle have already clinched a place in the postseason, but all four are separated by just three points.

Who will win the West? It’s anybody’s guess. Here are the final slate of games and the standings, as an epic MLS finale awaits both the Eastern and Western conferences.

FINAL GAMES

Wednesday: Chivas USA at Real Salt Lake

Saturday: Sporting KC at Philadelphia Union, Montreal at Toronto, FC Dallas at San Jose Earthquakes, Portland at Chivas USA,

Sunday: Houston Dynamo at D.C. United, New England at Columbus, Chicago at New York, Colorado at Vancouver, LA Galaxy at Seattle

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  1. hildezero - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    I like how the playoffs are turning out, but I would rather like Vancouver instead of Colorado in the playoffs. Vancouver are a good team that are fun to watch. Too bad.

    • bear06 - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      Colorado deserve to be in the playoffs unlike Vancouver.

  2. talgrath - Oct 21, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Depending on how things shake out, Seattle could end as high 2nd in the west or as low as 5th, and only two east conference teams have clinched a spot, absolutely nuts.

  3. hildezero - Oct 21, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    We might see a lot of this for a few more years to come as long as the league keeps improving. It’ll get even crazier.

  4. jdfsquared - Oct 21, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Actually, what SJ needs is to score at least 13 goals, not to over come an 18 goal differential. I realize this is something of a moot argument, but still, I looked on the MLS website and found that the first tie-breaker is wins, and the second tie-breaker is Goals For (not differential). So what SJ actually needs is for Colorado to lose to Vancouver, and to score at least 13 more goals than the Rapids do in their contest.

    Silly. But apparently true.

  5. hildezero - Oct 22, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    That game has already been played. Colorado beat Vancouver. Colorado qualified and Vancouver was eliminated and also the Earthquakes was eliminated.

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