Highlights: Sporting KC 0-2 Philadelphia Union

Supporters will have the opportunity to see Sporting Kansas City clinch a club-record eighth straight playoff berth Sunday when Manager Peter Vermes' men face Real Salt Lake in a nationally televised battle on FS1. Kickoff at Children's Mercy Park is set for 4 p.m. CT and tickets are on sale at SeatGeek.com.


Sporting KC slipped to second place in the Western Conference following a 2-0 road loss to the Philadelphia Union and FC Dallas' 2-1 victory at Vancouver on Sunday. With five regular season matches still to play, Sporting KC find themselves in the thick of a tight race for top spot in the West. FC Dallas has a two-point lead at the summit, while third-place LAFC lurk a point behind Sporting KC.


With that in mind, here's how Sporting KC can punch its playoff ticket this weekend.


Sporting KC's magic number is 3


Win and in.


The message is simple for Sporting KC going into Sunday's clash with RSL, as three points against their Utah rivals would cement a spot in the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs. As PlayoffStatus.com points out, that berth could also be secured with a draw versus RSL, but only if Sporting KC get help from elsewhere.


Sporting KC can clinch a playoff berth this weekend if...


  1. Sporting KC beats Real Salt Lake on Sunday (4pm), OR
  2. Sporting KC ties Real Salt Lake, AND
    LA Galaxy ties Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday (9pm), AND
    FC Dallas beats or ties the Portland Timbers on Saturday (9:30pm)


Sporting KC face a challenging run-in over their last five games, all of which coming against teams vying for playoff position. Home tilts with fifth-place Real Salt Lake and seventh-place LA Galaxy (Oct. 6) are on the immediate horizon, followed by a two-game road trip against eighth-place Vancouver (Oct. 17) and leaders FC Dallas (Oct. 21). Sporting KC will close out the season on Oct. 28 with a mouthwatering Decision Day duel versus LAFC. Visit SeatGeek.com to purchase tickets for the club's final three home fixtures.


Western Conference Standings

<strong>#</strong>
<strong>Club</strong>
<strong>PTS</strong>
<strong>GP</strong>
<strong>W</strong>
<strong>L</strong>
<strong>T</strong>
<strong>GF</strong>
<strong>GA</strong>
<strong>GD</strong>
1
<a href="https://www.mlssoccer.com/meta/club/fc-dallas">FC Dallas</a>
53
29
15
6
8
49
38
11
2
<a href="https://www.mlssoccer.com/meta/club/sporting-kc">Sporting Kansas City</a>
51
29
15
8
6
54
36
18
3
<a href="https://www.mlssoccer.com/meta/club/lafc">Los Angeles Football Club</a>
50
29
14
7
8
57
43
14
4
<a href="https://www.mlssoccer.com/meta/club/portland">Portland Timbers</a>
47
30
13
9
8
46
45
1
5
<a href="https://www.mlssoccer.com/meta/club/real-salt-lake">Real Salt Lake</a>
45
30
13
11
6
49
49
0
6
<a href="https://www.mlssoccer.com/meta/club/seattle">Seattle Sounders FC</a>
44
29
13
11
5
37
32
5
7
<a href="https://www.mlssoccer.com/meta/club/la-galaxy">LA Galaxy</a>
41
30
11
11
8
57
59
-2
8
<a href="https://www.mlssoccer.com/meta/club/vancouver">Vancouver Whitecaps FC</a>
40
29
11
11
7
47
56
-9
9
<a href="https://www.mlssoccer.com/meta/club/minnesota">Minnesota United FC</a>
33
29
10
16
3
43
57
-14
10
<a href="https://www.mlssoccer.com/meta/club/houston">Houston Dynamo</a>
32
29
8
13
8
47
43
4
11
e -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.mlssoccer.com/meta/club/colorado">Colorado Rapids</a>
24
29
6
17
6
32
55
-23
12
e -&nbsp;<a href="https://www.mlssoccer.com/meta/club/san-jose">San Jose Earthquakes</a>
20
30
4
18
8
45
63
-18