Playoff Scenarios: Six teams could clinch playoff berths in Week 33

Besides Colorado, five other sides could secure their place in the post-season this week

Portland vs Real Salt Lake

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We know what the Colorado Rapids have to do Wednesday night in San Jose in order to secure a playoff berth, but there are also five other teams that could join the New York Red Bulls in the postseason by the weekend.

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In the West, Colorado could be joined by Real Salt Lake, Seattle, and Portland. In the East, Houston and Sporting KC could join the party. On the opposite side, Dallas, Columbus, and / or Vancouver could be eliminated.

Here are the the playoff scenarios heading into the week:

Sporting Kansas City will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

  • Sporting Kansas City win vs. Houston Dynamo on Wednesday

OR

  • Chicago Fire tie or lose vs. FC Dallas on Saturday

OR

  • Philadelphia Union lose vs. D.C. United on Saturday

Houston Dynamo will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

  • Houston Dynamo win vs. Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday AND
  • New England Revolution tie or lose vs. Montréal Impact on Saturday AND
  • Chicago Fire lose vs. FC Dallas on Saturday

Columbus Crew will be eliminated from playoff contention IF

  • Houston Dynamo win or tie vs. Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday AND
  • Montréal Impact win vs. New England Revolution on Saturday AND
  • Philadelphia Union win vs. D.C. United on Saturday

OR

  • Columbus Crew lose vs. New England Revolution on Oct. 19

OR

  • Columbus Crew tie vs. New England Revolution on Oct. 19 AND
  • Philadelphia Union win or tie vs. D.C. United on Saturday OR
  • Chicago Fire win vs. FC Dallas on Saturday

Seattle Sounders FC will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

  • Seattle Sounders FC win vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday

OR

  • Colorado Rapids win or tie vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday

OR

  • Seattle Sounders FC win vs. Portland Timbers on Saturday

Real Salt Lake will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

  • Colorado Rapids win or tie vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday

Colorado Rapids will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

  • Colorado Rapids win vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday AND
  • Seattle Sounders FC win or tie vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday

Portland Timbers will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

  • Portland Timbers win vs. Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday AND
  • Colorado Rapids win or tie vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday

OR

  • Portland Timbers tie vs. Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday AND
  • Colorado Rapids win vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday AND
  • Seattle Sounders FC win or tie vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday

Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be eliminated from playoff contention IF

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC lose vs. Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday AND
  • Colorado Rapids win vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday

(Note: D.C. United, Toronto FC and Chivas USA have already been eliminated from contention).