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MLS Playoff Push: What needs to happen tonight for FC Dallas

There are a lot of games tonight that have heavy playoff implications.

MLS: New York City FC at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The final two weeks of the season are here folks. FC Dallas is currently sitting in a potential playoff spot with two games to go but Wednesday night’s MLS slate could throw a wrench in that a good bit with the number of games on tap.

We outlined what it will take for FC Dallas to get into the playoffs earlier this week, but that doesn’t mean we can’t root for some chaos to happen tonight across the league.

There are a couple of games that have little impact on FC Dallas, so we won’t spend a lot of time discussing them.

Sporting Kansas City at Minnesota United

Sporting is basically playing for their season here tonight in Minnesota. A draw does them no good as a win will only keep them alive for another game. For FCD fans though, a draw isn’t horrible as it keeps Minnesota within five points in the standings.

LA Galaxy at Real Salt Lake

This is more of a playoff preview type game than anything else. Right now, these two sides are separated by one point and the result in this one could really determine who gets a top four seed and who doesn’t. Both can clinch tonight almost regardless of the result of this one but since we’re talking about it, let’s root for more chaos here folks. A draw would certainly make things interesting for everyone in the West going into the final two games of the year.

If I am a TV exec or a MLS front office person, I want a LA win here to push them up the standings to help set up a potential conference final with them and LAFC though.

Houston Dynamo at Los Angeles FC

This one really has no impact on FC Dallas but it is always fun rooting against Houston.

Okay, the next two really are the ones we have to pay more attention to tonight. They carry the most weight on what FCD will have to do this weekend and next. And it is odd they are a pair of East vs West matchups too.

New England Revolution at Portland Timbers

Okay, the first is possibly the bigger of the two in mind with the Timbers and Revs. Both teams aren’t on great form lately but a win here would certainly help matters out for each of them going into the final two games. A New England win doesn’t officially get them into the playoffs but it pretty much will mean they’ll need a draw in their final two games to get there.

The Timbers have been on a slide lately, even more so, they’ve been on a slide at home. Now they have the off-the-field distractions with Diego Valeri’s contract situation and injuries to guys like Brain Fernandez. It all feels like it is adding up at the worst possible time for them.

At the end of the night, FCD fans need at worst a draw in this one, but really we need a New England win. Send the Timbers spinning even more. Please and thank you.

Philadelphia Union at San Jose Earthquakes

San Jose will be without Chris Wondolowski and Cristian Espinoza. Two pretty big losses for them in a home game with a Philly team that is trying to lock up a top four spot in the East.

The last three meetings between these two have been draws, so should we expect anything different tonight? Just like with Portland, a loss here by San Jose would be so ideal for FCD. Right now a draw would mean the Quakes would leap FCD in the standings due to tiebreakers (number of wins), something we don’t want to see.