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|