Updated Playoff Picture: Sporting KC back into second place ahead of titanic matchup with FC Dallas

Sporting Kansas City worked wonders in their bid for a home playoff game on Wednesday night, overturning a halftime deficit to record a wild 4-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place. Yohan Croizet provided the equalizer, Daniel Salloi bagged a brace, and 16-year-old Gianluca Busio became the second-youngest player in MLS history to find the back of the net.

With Wednesday's action in the books, every Western Conference club has played 32 matches with two more still to go. Now it's time to take stock of the fluctuating playoff picture going into Sunday, when a mouthwatering matchup beckons between the top two teams in the West.

Sporting KC is up to second place, but it's awfully tight

Sporting KC and LAFC are level on 56 points, but Manager Peter Vermes' side hold the tiebreaker with superior goal differential. One point ahead of them is FC Dallas, whom Sporting KC will visit at 4 p.m. CT Sunday on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Midwest.

Seattle (53 points), Portland (51 points) and Real Salt Lake (46 points) round out the top six, with seventh-place LA Galaxy (45 points) on the outside looking in. Sporting KC can finish anywhere between first and fifth.

Sporting KC's magic number for a home playoff game is 2

Two points from Sporting KC's final two matches would guarantee that the MLS Cup Playoffs return to Children's Mercy Park for the first time since 2013. However, there are multiple scenarios in which Sporting KC can clinch a top-four finish and a home playoff game this Sunday. Keep in mind, all Western Conference matches will kick off simultaneously at 4 p.m. CT.

Sporting KC can clinch a top-four finish and a home playoff game on Sunday if...

  • Sporting KC beats FC Dallas, OR
  • Real Salt Lake beats or ties Portland, OR
  • Sporting KC ties FC Dallas, AND
    Houston beats Seattle

Sporting KC controls its own destiny for top spot in the West

Sporting KC cannot clinch a top-two finish (and the Knockout Round bye that goes with it) on Sunday. But Vermes' men continue to control their own destiny. Wins in their final two games would result in a first-place finish and home-field advantage through the Western Conference finals.

Reserve your seats for #SKCvLAFC on Decision Day

After facing FC Dallas, Sporting KC will return to Children's Mercy Park to host LAFC in their regular season finale on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 3:30 p.m. CT. Click here to get your tickets for the monumental Decision Day clash as Sporting KC holds its Fan Appreciation Match with an afternoon full of supporter-friendly festivities. Countless prizes will be up for grabs exclusively through the Sporting KC Uphoria app, including the following:

  • A pair of 2019 Sporting KC season tickets
  • Player-autographed merchandise
  • VIP experiences
  • 50 percent off authentic jerseys
  • Discount offers at SportingStyle and concessions

Snap up those playoff tickets, too

A home playoff game isn't locked up just yet, but it's darn close. With that being said, tickets for Sporting KC’s first potential home playoff tilt at Children’s Mercy Park are now on sale via SeatGeek.com. Season Ticket Members will automatically retain their seats for all playoff matches, excluding the MLS Cup final, and can contact their Client Services Executive for questions and further information. If Sporting KC does not host a match in the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs, all individuals who purchased tickets through SeatGeek will be automatically refunded.

Western Conference Standings (as of Oct. 18, 2018)

# Club PTS W L T GF GA GD 10/21 10/28
1 x - FC Dallas 57 16 7 9 51 39 12 SKC at COL
2 x - Sporting Kansas City 56 16 8 8 60 39 21 at DAL LAFC
3 x - Los Angeles Football Club 56 16 8 8 65 48 17 VAN at SKC
4 Seattle Sounders FC 53 16 11 5 47 34 13 at HOU SJ
5 Portland Timbers 51 14 9 9 50 46 4 RSL at VAN
6 Real Salt Lake 46 13 12 7 51 54 -3 at POR off **
7 LA Galaxy 45 12 11 9 61 60 1 at MIN HOU
8 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 43 12 13 7 50 64 -14 at LAFC POR
9 e - Minnesota United FC 36 11 18 3 46 65 -19 LA at CLB
10 e - Houston Dynamo 35 9 15 8 53 53 0 SEA at LA
11 e - Colorado Rapids 27 7 19 6 34 62 -28 at SJ DAL
12 e - San Jose Earthquakes 20 4 20 8 48 69 -21 COL at SEA

** RSL hosts New England tonight in its penultimate match
"x" - Clinched playoff spot
"e" - Eliminated from playoff race
Tie-breaking procedures: Number of wins, then goal differential, then goals for, etc.
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