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MLS Roundup: San Jose gets in final playoff spot’s driver seat

It is a fight until the bitter end.

MLS: San Jose Earthquakes at Vancouver Whitecaps FC Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

With MLS’s Decision Day encroaching this upcoming Sunday, this past weekend was a great indicator of how exciting next week will be. Although the Eastern Conference is all said and done, it is the Western Conference that brings all the fun.

Nevertheless, here is how each team faired on October 15th, 2017:

New York Red Bulls 0, Atlanta United FC 0

At this point, Atlanta is fighting for home-field advantage in the playoffs. As for New York, they are too far away to surpass fifth place Columbus Crew; thus, the match between the two Eastern Conference playoff sides rendered near-meaningless. The 0-0 draw saw New York primarily maintain possession but both sides were almost equal in the number of shots on target.

Orlando City 0, Columbus Crew 1

The Columbus Crew has the opportunity to finish second in the Eastern Conference if NYCFC, Chicago Fire, and Atlanta lose next weekend. Columbus put themselves in this less-than-likely scenario after defeating Orlando City SC, 1-0. The game’s lone goal in the 66th minute from Ola Kamara.

Toronto FC 1, Montreal Impact 0

Toronto is gliding towards the postseason. The club has been on cruise control during the past month and seems to be relaxed heading into the postseason. The Easter Conference leaders triumphed over Canadian rivals Montreal with Jozy Altidore leading the way with his early 16th-minute goal.

New England Revolution 2, NYCFC 1

The season is over for New England yet they still put up a fight. Diego Fagundez’s brace was enough to give the Revolution the win. However, Khiry Shelton scored NYCFC a consolation goal in the 93rd minute.

Chicago Fire 3, Philadelphia Union 2

A hattrick by star striker Nemanja Nikolic saw the Chicago Fire triumphantly defeat the Philadelphia Union. In a game where three goals were scored within the first 13 minutes, it was Nikolic’s two second-half goals that made the difference. The Fire ended the night with three points and only sit one away from second place in the Eastern Conference.

Portland Timbers 4, DC United 0

The Portland Timbers sealed its playoff spot in their 4-0 win against DC United. The match did not pose as to great of a challenge for the Timbers as Diego Valeria, Alvas Powell, and Sebastian Blanco (2x) scored.

Seattle Sounders FC 4, FC Dallas 0

The season looks bleak for FC Dallas. Being in a position to swing the Western Conference’s sixth and final playoff spot, their slip up in Seattle made lead to an early offseason. Dallas was unable to get any offense going while a brace by Will Bruin buried FCD further down a whole.

Sporting Kansas City 0, Houston Dynamo 0

All the Houston Dynamo and Sporting KC needed today in order to ensure a playoff spot was a point. In a game where Sporting KC had 27 shots and zero goals, I’m happy to have NOT been a fan in the stadium.

Los Angeles Galaxy 3, Minnesota United FC 0

This is the LA Galaxy that we remember. The Los Angeles club trampled over Minnesota three goals to nil as Romain Alessandrini tallied a brace while Jonathan dos Santos added one of his own.

Colorado Rapids 1, Real Salt Lake 0

Much like FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake did not afford to drop points this weekend. In a game where the only goal happened in the third minute, Real will feel hard done by after totaling 30 shots in the game.

Vancouver Whitecaps 1, San Jose Earthquakes 1

A draw was enough for the San Jose Earthquakes to nab the sixth and final playoff spot. As long as they win next week, they will be in the playoffs. As for the Vancouver Whitecaps, they need to either draw or win next week if they hope to finish the season on top of the Western Conference.