Following D.C. United's 1-0 win over Toronto on Saturday and the Columbus Crew's 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, United needs only to earn a draw when it faces Columbus on Saturday, Oct. 20 at RFK Stadium. The regular season home finale could see DC secure a post-season berth for the first time since 2007 in front of the club's home supporters.
Below, we detail everything you need to know about the playoff picture as MLS enters the international break.
D.C. United will clinch a playoff spot IF...
The team wins or ties vs. Columbus Crew on Saturday, Oct. 20
Houston Dynamo lose vs. Philadelphia Union on Saturday, Oct. 20
EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS
KC; 59 points; 32 GP
CHI; 56 points; 32 GP
DC; 54 points; 32 GP
NY; 53 points; 32 GP
HOU; 50 points; 32 GP
CLB; 49 points; 32 GP
FIRST TIE BREAKER - GOALS FOR
SECOND TIE BREAKER - GOAL DIFFERENTIAL
Here are the remaining MLS matches for each of the six Eastern Conference teams in the playoff hunt.
KC: at NY on Oct. 20, vs. PHI on Oct. 24
CHI: at NE on Oct. 20, vs. DC on Oct. 27
DC: vs. CLB on Oct. 20, at CHI on Oct. 27
NY: vs. KC on Oct. 20, at PHI on Oct. 27
HOU: vs. PHI on Oct. 20, at COL on Oct. 27
CLB: at DC on Oct. 20, vs. TOR on Oct. 28
IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY
If the season ended today, here is how the first two rounds of the post-season would shape up:
Wild Card Match (Oct. 31 or Nov. 1):
#5 HOU at #4 NY
Eastern Conference Semifinal, Leg 1 (Nov. 3 or Nov. 4):
#1 KC at #4 NY or #5 HOU
#2 CHI at #3 DC
Eastern Conference Semifinal, Leg 2 (Nov. 7 or Nov. 8):
#4 NY or #5 HOU at #1 KC
#3 DC at #2 CHI
Eastern Conference Final
Leg 1: Nov. 10-11
Leg 2: Nov. 17-18
MLS Cup final - Saturday, Dec. 1
Both the conference semifinal and conference final are total-goals aggregate series – the team with the most goals across both legs will advance. Should the teams be tied after both legs, the game would go to overtime and, if necessary, penalty kicks.