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The Playoff Picture: Just win, baby!

It just doesn't get any easier to explain than this: There are 12 points sitting there waiting to be taken; KC has to take them all.

And really, even that's not a sure thing. They need to win, and they need some help. You can feel free to pick your favorite cliche to explain the after effects of the 1-0 loss to New York on Saturday -- They're behind the 8-ball, they've got a huge mountain to climb, they're hanging by a thread, they're fighting for dear life, etc. etc.

The simple part is that they will play two teams ahead of them (a 12-point swing if they can snatch the W's), a team they should beat (New England) and a team they'll want to beat (Chicago). Just in, baby.*

*Apologies for quoting Al Davis.

MLS Single Table Standings

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

1. Los Angeles Galaxy-x: 53 points (27 GP, +18 GD)



2. Real Salt Lake-x: 51 points (27 GP, +23 GD)



3. FC Dallas: 49 points (27 GP, +17 GD)



4. New York Red Bulls-y: 47 points (27 GP, +8 GD)



5. Columbus Crew-y: 46 points (27 GP, +6 GD)



6. Seattle Sounders: 42 points (27 GP, +3 GD)



7. Colorado Rapids: 41 points (27 GP, +10 GD)



8. San Jose Earthquakes: 40 points (26 GP, 0 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 (26 GP, -2 GD)



10. Toronto FC: 31 points (27 GP, -6 GD)



Category III: The team that hasn't been eliminated yet but is a banana peel away from it:

11. Chicago Fire: 29 points (26 GP, -4 GD)



Category IV: The teams already eliminated from contention:

12. Philadelphia Union: 28 points (27 GP, -12 GD)



13. Houston Dynamo: 27 points (27 GP, -10 GD)



14. New England Revolution: 26 points (27 GP, -18 GD)



15. Chivas USA: 25 points (26 GP, -10 GD)



16. D.C. United: 21 points (27 GP, -23 GD)

Schedules of the teams in the playoff chase Colorado Rapids

• Games Remaining: 3



• @ FC Dallas (10/9), @ Los Angeles (10/16), Real Salt Lake (10/23)

Seattle Sounders*

• Games Remaining: 3 (league), 1 (U.S. Open Cup)



• Columbus (10/05)**,

@ Kansas City (10/9)

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

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



**U.S. Open Cup championship game.

San Jose Earthquakes

• Games Remaining: 4



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

@ Kansas City (10/23) Toronto FC*

• Games Remaining: 3



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

*Also has one more CONCACAF Champions League group game.

Kansas City Wizards

• Games Remaining: 4



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

Chicago Fire

• Games Remaining: 4



• Columbus (10/8),

Kansas City (10/12)

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

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