Playoff Math: Sporting KC could clinch a spot on Friday night

Following a 0-0 draw at D.C. United last Friday night and Houston Dynamo's victory at Toronto FC on Wednesday, Sporting KC are in prime position to clinch a playoff spot. A win on Friday night against Chicago Fire would see the club clinch a playoff spot for the fourth consecutive season. A draw could also ses Sporting KC clinch a spot depending on the results of other matches this upcoming weekend.

Below are the scenarios of how Sporting KC can clinch a playoff spot (as of Thursday, October 9, 2014).

Sporting KC will clinch a playoff spot if 

  • They defeat Chicago Fire on Friday


  • They draw vs Chicago Fire
  • Toronto FC loses at New York Red Bulls
  • Philadelphia Union loses or draws vs Columbus Crew
  • Houston Dynamo loses or draws to D.C. United

For reference, the fifth place side in the East in the last two years has earned 49 points (Montreal in 2013) and 53 points (Houston in 2012).

Eastern Conference (Top 5 advance to playoffs)

Team Points Record Matches Remaining Highest Possible Points Remaining Schedule
D.C. United 52 15-9-7 3 61 at HOU, vs CHI, at MTL
NE Revolution 48 15-13-3 3 57 at MTL, at HOU, vs TOR
Sporting KC 46 13-11-7 3 55 vs CHI, at PHI, vs NY
NY Red Bulls 44 11-9-11 3 53 vs TOR, vs CLB, at SKC
Columbus Crew 43 11-10-10 3 52 at PHI, at NY, vs PHI
Toronto FC 40 11-12-7 4 52 vs HOU, at NY, vs MTL, at NE
Houston Dynamo 39 11-14-6 3 48 vs D.C., vs NE, at CHI
Philadelphia Union 39 9-10-12 3 48 vs CLB, vs SKC, CLB