Its all about WC2
A win against Vancouver & we get a home play-off game - heres why...
Richard Bamber
Oct 20th 2011

As the MLS enters its final round of regular season games, what the Rapids need to do to secure the all important 2nd wildcard spot (WC2) & a home play-off game has become clear.The first thing to remember is that, unlike the Premier League & European leagues, teams tied on points at the end of the season are separated first by their head to head records & then by goal difference, goals scored etc. This is great for us as our better head to head record against New York (we drew 2-2 & beat them 4-1 in the regular season) means they canít catch us.

Houston are the only team who can take the WC2 spot off us and even then they will have to beat us on points (we beat them 2-1 and drew 0-0). So all we have to do is equal or better Houstonís result against LA on Sunday.

A win against Vancouver would do this & mean that we host a home play-off game on Thursday October 27th at DSG Park.

Alternatively we could still clinch WC2 with a draw against Vancouver and if Columbus loses to Chicago later on Saturday night. We have 1 win a piece in our record against Columbus which means our superior goal difference would give us the upper hand.

Vancouver v Colorado is at 5pm on Saturday so letís pack the bars for this one Ė Click here for viewing party details.

Western ConferencePTSGPGD
ss- LA Galaxy673322
x- Seattle Sounders603318
x- Real Salt Lake52338
Eastern ConferencePTSGPGD
x- Sporting KC48339
x- Philadelphia Union48339
x- Columbus Crew47330
Wild Card RacePTSGPGD
x- FC Dallas (WC1)52335
x- Colorado Rapids (WC2)46332
x- Houston Dynamo (WC3)46332
New York Red Bulls (WC4)43335
Portland Timbers4133-8
Chicago Fire40330
z- D.C. United3933-2
z- Chivas USA36330
z- San Jose Earthquakes3533-7
z- Toronto FC3233-23
z- Vancouver Whitecaps2833-19
z- New England Revolution2733-20

ss - clinched Supporters Shield
x - clinched playoff spot

z - eliminated from playoff contention

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