Updated 2013 MLS Playoff Race: Six Teams Can Clinch

Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Update: FC Dallas will be eliminated this weekend if they do not beat the Chicago Fire

Update: It looks like the original release sent to me by Major League Soccer had it wrong about FC Dallas. Should they lose or tie Chicago this weekend, they'll be eliminated.

Six clubs can clinch a playoff spot this weekend, while two other clubs could be eliminated from playoff contention. Amazingly, FC Dallas isn't one of those two teams.

The only bad news is, four of the five Western Conference spots could be taken by the end of this 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

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