Going into last night's midweek match between San Jose and Portland, all FC Dallas could do was sit and watch as to whether or not the Quakes could spring an upset on the road. The result ended up not going the way the North Texas side wanted as Portland won 3-0, keeping their playoff hopes alive for another day.
For now, all FC Dallas has to do this weekend against the LA Galaxy is win. A win gets them into the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
According to MLS, here are the following scenarios for FCD going into this weekend:
FC Dallas will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF
FC Dallas win vs. LA Galaxy on Sunday
Lucky for FCD, Vancouver plays at Seattle on Friday, which could be a shoe that could drop in their favor going into the weekend. Either way, FCD just needs to take care of business.
The rest of the bunch
As far as the rest of the scenarios go for this weekend, three more teams can clinch a playoff spot.
New England Revolution will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF
New England Revolution win or tie vs. Montreal Impact on Saturday
Sporting Kansas City will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF
Real Salt Lake will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF
Real Salt Lake win vs San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday
Real Salt Lake tie vs San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday AND
Vancouver Whitecaps FC tie vs. Seattle Sounders FC on Friday
Vancouver Whitecaps FC lose vs. Seattle Sounders FC on Friday
FCD fans can point and laugh as their Texan rivals Houston can be eliminated this weekend as well.
Philadelphia Union will be eliminated from playoff contention IF
Philadelphia Union lose to Columbus Crew on Saturday AND
New York Red Bulls win vs. Toronto FC on Saturday
Houston Dynamo will be eliminated from playoff contention IF
Houston Dynamo lose to D.C. United on Saturday AND
New York Red Bulls win vs. Toronto FC on Saturday AND
Columbus Crew win vs. Philadelphia Union on Saturday