MLS Playoffs: Which teams can clinch postseason berths this weekend?

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Vaughn Ridley
It's a big weekend for Major League Soccer sides with as many as six teams on the verge of earning their playoff tickets

The MLS playoffs are fast approaching, with four teams having already booked spots in the postseason heading into a busy weekend of action across the league. 

Six teams will have a chance to punch their tickets this weekend, while four others could see any hopes of making the playoffs come to an end. 

You can check out the full league standings and an explanation of how the playoffs work here, and check below to see which teams are in, which teams are out, and how this weekend could impact the playoff picture.  

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Eastern Conference


ALREADY IN

Atlanta United - Clinched a top-two finish in the East and a first-round bye

New York Red Bulls - Clinched a top-two finish in the East and a first-round bye

New York City FC - Clinched 2018 MLS Cup playoff place

COULD GET IN THIS WEEKEND

Columbus Crew - A win or tie against the Montreal Impact will earn Columbus a playoff place

Philadelphia Union - A win over Minnesota United would get the Union in, while a draw would leave the club needing a win or a draw from the Montreal Impact to clinch this weekend. 

COULD BE OUT THIS WEEKEND

Orlando City - Will be out of playoff contention with a loss or a draw against FC Dallas this weekend. A win for the Montreal Impact, New England Revolution or D.C. United would also end Orlando's playoff hopes, while a draw in the Impact-Crew matchup would also see the Lions bounced. 

Toronto FC - The defending champs could be out of contention with a loss or a draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps, but only if the Montreal Impact beat the Columbus Crew. 

ALREADY OUT

Chicago Fire - The Fire are the only team in the East with no chance of making the playoffs


Western Conference


ALREADY IN

FC Dallas -  The Hoops are the only team in the West to have already clinched a playoff spot. 

COULD GET IN THIS WEEKEND (OR MONDAY)

LAFC - A win over the Colorado Rapids gets the expansion side a spot in the playoffs. After that, it gets more complicated. If LAFC works out a draw with the Rapids, the club would need a loss from the LA Galaxy and either a loss or tie from the Montreal Impact or a draw in the match between the Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake. 

Portland Timbers - The Timbers need a win and some help to get in. Should Portland pick up three points, a loss for the Galaxy coupled with a draw or loss for Vancouver would lock up a playoff spot. 

Seattle Sounders - The Sounders need to win on Monday and will know by then if a win will get the job done. Their result will need to be coupled with a Galaxy loss and either a loss or tie from Vancouver or a draw between Portland and RSL. 

Sporting Kansas City - A win or a draw against the Galaxy would do the trick for SKC, but Sporting can lock up a playoff spot with a Whitecaps loss coupled with a draw between the Timbers and SKC no matter what the result in their match with the Galaxy. 

COULD BE OUT THIS WEEKEND

Houston Dynamo - A loss to Seattle would end the Dynamo's hopes of making the playoffs, while a Portland loss to RSL would also put Houston out. 

Minnesota United - A loss to the Philadelphia Union would knock Minnesota out of playoff contention, but a draw against the Union could also end their chances if either Real Salt Lake or the LA Galaxy win.

ALREADY OUT

Colorado Rapids - The Rapids have been eliminated from playoff contention in the West.

San Jose Earthquakes - Chris Wondolowski is chasing the MLS all-time scoring mark, but the Earthquakes will not be in the playoffs this season. 

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