MLS Regular Season

Playoff Scenarios: Eight spots still up for grabs with two weeks to go

Check out all the possible scenarios in which teams could clinch, or be eliminated
Playoffs Scenarios: Week 34
Playoff Scenarios
MLS Communications

With two weeks to play in the MLS Regular Season, there are still eight spots up for grabs for the MLS Cup Playoffs - and there are dozens of possible scenario in which teams could either clinch a berth this week, or be eliminated.

Click here to check out the MLS Standings, and scroll down to see the scenarios as provided by Major League Soccer's Communications Department, starting with the Western Conference followed by the Eastern Conference:

Rapids Podcast: Don't look now, but it's come down to the final two games

Frustration for Pareja but Moor happy that destiny still in their own hands
Not Blaming Anyone
Rapids Podcast

Podcast #28 - Oscar Pareja

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Bart Young / Colorado Rapids

This week's belated Rapids Podcast follows the midweek defeat at San Jose, and hears from head coach Oscar Pareja and skipper Drew Moor.

Some of Pareja's comments after the loss in California made headlines. Listeners can digest his post-match interview in full, where he speaks of his frustration at not being able to break down San Jose.

"We came prepared to deal with that style of play but you have to accept that sometimes you can't," Pareja said.

Playoff Scenarios: Colorado Rapids control own hopes, could even qualify next week

Rapids will make playoffs with two wins versus Vancouver, can also clinch before season finale
Wild, Wild West!
Playoff Scenarios
ColoradoRapids.com

Following Wednesday night’s results, where Vancouver claimed a 4-1 win in Seattle, and San Jose held serve at home by defeating Colorado, 1-0, the Western Conference standings are even tighter than before the week began. The top seven teams are separated by only seven points, and only the top five make the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Here’s how wild the standings are: on Oct. 10, the Rapids are only five points from the best record in MLS, four points from the top of the West, three points from second place, and yet only one point away from being bumped from the playoffs.

View from the Booth: Rapids need to find a way, no matter the opponent

Nobody is going to make it easy as the playoff plot takes another twist
Back With A Bump
View from the Booth
ColoradoRapids.com

View from Booth - Moor vs SJ

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USA Today Sports Images

If the 5-1 win over Seattle Sounders was like all the best Christmas Days rolled into one, then the 1-0 loss at San Jose Earthquakes midweek was akin to the worst of all Boxing Days.

The cousins you don’t like have dropped by, and your mum has insisted you wear the knitted jumper Aunty gave you. Spoilt rotten on the one day and then – in the blink of an eye – the fun is over.

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.

Check out the MLS Standings

View from the Booth: The best 45 minutes of the season as Sounders silenced

Brown had Yedlin's number as everything clicked for the rampant Rapids
The Best of 2013
View from the Booth
ColoradoRapids.com

View from Booth - Pink Net

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Bart Young / Colorado Rapids

In the heat of battle it's often quite easy to lose a sense of perspective and analyze a game through burgundy-tinted spectacles, which is why I sit down and pen 'View from the Booth' the morning after a match.

Deshorn Brown's Opening Goal

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.

Commentary: Sorry Sounders, but the Rapids were just making a point

Fleming suggests sexy soccer is not confined to the 'top' teams in MLS
Commentary: No Hard Feelings
Making A Point
ColoradoRapids.com

Gabriel Torres scores versus Seattle on Oct. 5, 2013

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Bart Young / Colorado Rapids

Speaking personally, I think an apology is in order to the Seattle Sounders. There were many around MLS who didn't believe that this Rapids side was capable of very special things.

Yes, I know that there have been murmurings here and there, and I know that both Deshorn Brown and Dillon Powers slipped into MLSsoccer.com's 24 Under 24 … just.

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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MLSsoccer.com

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.

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