MLS Playoffs

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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Team aims to finish strong after missing out on playoffs

Cummings says 'pride of club at stake' as team faces final three games of the season
Aiming to Finish Strong
Team Disappointed
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Omar Cummings disappointed in missing playoffs

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Commerce City, Colo. - Watching the Colorado Rapids training session Thursday morning, one would be surprised to know it was a team that had been eliminated from playoff contention less than 12 hours before. The team was sharp and active, showing no signs that there are only three games remaining this year with no chance at hardware.

But the reality and the disappointment was obvious on the faces of each player and coach afterwards as they walked back to the lockerroom .

Colorado eliminated from playoff contention

Rapids can't overtake Vancouver's 42 points with only three matches remaining
Out of Playoff Contention
Out of Contention
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Commerce City, Colo. – Following their 4-0 victory over Chivas USA tonight, the Vancouver Whitecaps join FC Dallas as the lone teams fighting for the fifth and final Western Conference playoff berth. 

Playoff Outlook: Rapids must sweep final three, get help

Rapids need Chivas USA to tie or defeat Vancouver tonight in order to keep hopes alive
Playoff Scenarios: Need Help
Playoff Scenarios
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With the Colorado Rapids tying the LA Galaxy Sunday evening, the fifth and final Western Conference berth in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs will be decided over the final three weeks of the season, though teams could be eliminated on Wednesday.

Vancouver (39 points) currently holds the fifth spot ahead of Dallas (37 pts), Colorado (31 pts), Portland (30 pts), and Chivas USA (28 pts). Every team but Chivas has three games remaining. Chivas has four games left.

STANDINGS AS OF SUNDAY NIGHT

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