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The Playoff Picture: Too Many Points? Not Enough Games? Maybe

The loss to Dallas on Saturday didn’t “technically” eliminate the Kansas City Wizards from playoff contention. Neither did Seattle’s 1-0 win over Chicago or San Jose’s 3-2 win over fellow outside-looking-in playoff contender Toronto.

But it sure did leave a pretty difficult challenge on the table: 12 points (at the least) from 5 (somewhat brutal) games.

Is it over? Of course, if you abide by the rules of Rocky, “nothing is over.” As of this morning, KC is 5 points back of Colorado, who hold down the last playoff spot on 38 points. A tough road game with New York, followed by a three-games-in-seven-days stretch the week after stands in the way of the Wizards playoff dreams.

Here’s how the rest of the playoff picture shakes out:

MLS Single Table Standings

Category I: The eight playoff teams that are in if the playoffs started today:

1. Los Angeles Galaxy-x: 50 points (26 GP, +17 GD)



2. Real Salt Lake-x: 48 points (26 GP, +22 GD)



3. FC Dallas: 46 points (26 GP, +14 GD)



4. Columbus Crew-y: 45 points (26 GP, +6 GD)



5. New York Red Bulls-y: 44 points (26 GP, +7 GD)



6. San Jose Earthquakes: 39 points (24 GP, +3 GD)



7. Seattle Sounders: 39 points (26 GP, +2 GD)



8. Colorado Rapids: 38 points (25 GP, +8 GD)

x -- Automatic qualifiers from Western Conference; y -- Automatic qualifiers from Eastern Conference. Category II: The two teams within 10 points of the last playoff spot if the playoffs started today:

9. Kansas City Wizards: 33 points (25 GP, -1 GD)



10. Toronto FC: 31 points (26 GP, -5 GD)



Category III: The three teams that haven't been eliminated yet but are a banana peel away from it:

11. Philadelphia Union: 27 points (25 GP, -9 GD)



12. Chicago Fire: 26 points (24 GP, -4 GD)



13. Chivas USA-z: 25 points (25 GP, -9 GD)



z -- Haven’t been eliminated yet because they’ve played one fewer game than the teams listed below. Category IV: The teams already eliminated from contention:

14. New England Revolution: 26 points (26 GP, -17 GD)



15. Houston Dynamo: 26 points (26 GP, -10 GD)16. D.C. United: 18 points (26 GP, -24 GD)

Schedules of the teams in the playoff chase Colorado Rapids

• Games Remaining: 5



• Philadelphia (9/29), D.C. United (10/2), @ FC Dallas (10/9), @ Los Angeles (10/16), Real Salt Lake (10/23)

Seattle Sounders*

• Games Remaining: 5



• Toronto (10/2), U.S. Open Cup Championship vs. Columbus (10/05),

@ Kansas City (10/9)

, Chivas USA (10/15), @ Houston (10/23)

*Also has two CONCACAF Champions League group games and a friendly against Chivas de Guadalajara on Oct. 12.

San Jose Earthquakes

• Games Remaining: 6



• Chicago (9/29), @ Columbus (10/2), @ D.C. United (10/9), Houston (10/16), Chivas USA (10/20),

@ Kansas City (10/23) Toronto FC*

• Games Remaining: 4



• @ Seattle (10/2), @ Chivas USA (10/9), Columbus (10/16), @ D.C. United (10/23)

*Also has two more CONCACAF Champions League group games.

Kansas City Wizards

• Games Remaining: 5



• @ New York (10/2), Seattle (10/9), @ Chicago (10/12), @ New England (10/16), San Jose (10/23)

Chicago Fire

• Games Remaining: 6



• @ San Jose (9/29), @ FC Dallas (10/2), Columbus (10/8),

Kansas City (10/12)

, D.C. United (10/16), @ Chivas USA (10/23)

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