MLS Playoffs

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
Playoff Scenarios: Week 33
Playoff Scenarios

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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Colorado Rapids could clinch a berth in the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs Wednesday

Rapids match at San Jose to be televised live on Altitude TV at 8:30 p.m. MT
Can Clinch a Playoff Berth Wednesday
Playoff Scenarios
ColoradoRapids.com

In one of the tightest playoff races in MLS history, only the New York Red Bulls have secured a spot in the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs with only three weeks to play.

The Colorado Rapids could be next, and it could happen as early as Wednesday.

Rapids trusting youth in playoff push: "You cannot exclude them from the responsibility"

Pareja counting on the group that got him to this point to lead Colorado into the postseason
Staying the Course
Trusting Youth
MLSSoccer.com

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – At the beginning of the season, Colorado Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja was forced to throw rookies, inexperienced players, and others with limited playing time over the past year into his starting lineup, handcuffed by a seemingly never-ending list of injuries.

With Rapids idle, here are the five weekend matches that could affect the West standings

Colorado will still hold their playoff spot come Monday, but gap could shrink above and below
Five Games to Watch
Playoff Chase
ColoradoRapids.com

2013 MLS adidas match ball

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Even though the Colorado Rapids are idle this weekend, the team knows they'll hold on to their playoff spot in Western Conference standings come Monday - no matter how any of the nine MLS weekend games go.

With 45 points after 30 games (12-9-9) the Rapids are currently tied with LA for final playoff spot in the West. Vancouver and San Jose are tied for sixth at 41 points each, followed closely by Dallas with 40 points.

If MLS Cup Playoffs started today...: Rapids would face LA in semifinals

MLSsoccer.com takes a look at the playoff picture if the season ended this week
If the Playoffs Started Today...
Playoff Outlook
MLSSoccer.com

The 2013 MLS playoff picture may still be a fuzzy mess considering that all 10 postseason spots are still seemingly up for grabs, but that doesn't mean the current league standings can't offer a preliminary glimpse of the potential matchups we might see once November rolls around.

The Supporters' Shield Race - August 5

Colorado Rapids only three points off the top spot in MLS with 10 games to go
Supporters' Shield Race
Supporters' Shield

2013 MLS Supporters' Shield

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With ten games remaining in the 2013 MLS regular season, the Colorado Rapids - and just about every other team - are right in the thick of things in the race for the MLS Supporters' Shield, which recognizes the team that finishes with the best overall record.

Rapids have tough games to come, but so do all the others in playoff contention

With only 10 points separating eight Western teams, key matchups to decide top five
How Will the West be Won?
Key West Matches
ColoradoRapids.com

Some fans are still not convinced that this Rapids side has it within them to push for the playoffs, pointing to the fact that they’ve played more games than any of their rivals.

Here’s how things look as of July 29, 2013:

2013 MLS Direct Kick package unveiled

Full-season package goes for $79; Free Preview for fans take place March 2 - 9
MLS Direc Kick Package
Direct Kick Package
MLS Communications

NEW YORK (February 27, 2013) – In 2013, Major League Soccer’s Direct Kick television package will feature additional games for the same price as last year, $79.* This year’s television package will provide fans the opportunity to watch up to 236 MLS regular season matches and select playoff games during the 2013 season. MLS has collaborated with all three providers to offer a FREE PREVIEW from March 2 - 9, for the opening two weekends of the MLS season. 

Five soccer tournaments to look forward to in 2013

From World Cup Qualifying to MLS' 18th season, 2013 has a lot of soccer in store
Big Soccer Year
2013 Soccer Stories
ColoradoRapids.com

Commerce City, Colo. - The World Cup in Brazil is next year!

Now that we're officially in the year 2013, that's one of the first things I thought about as I looked ahead at what's to come in the soccer world this year.

Here are the five soccer tournaments I'll be paying attention to over the next 12 months:

Adidas and MLS unveil new official match ball for 2013

PRIME’s updated panel design is inspired by the handles and shape of the MLS Cup tro
New adidas Match ball
2013 Match Ball
MLS Communications

2013 MLS adidas match ball

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PORTLAND, Ore. / New York – Adidas and Major League Soccer on Thursday unveiled the updated adidas PRIME, the official match ball for the 2013 MLS season. The adidas PRIME features a new, more aerodynamic construction engineered for increased control and consistent ball movement.

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