Vancouver win eliminates three teams from playoff hunt

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Wednesday night's 4-0 Vancouver win over Chivas USA was notable for more than just the scoreline: The emphatic victory also saw three Western Conference teams eliminated from the playoff race.

With the win, the 'Caps are now on 42 points, meaning the only challenger for the West's fifth and final playoff spot is FC Dallas. FCD are five back on 37 points, but have a game in hand, having played 31 of 34 regular-season games. The Whitecaps, meanwhile, have two games left.

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San Jose, Real Salt Lake, LA and Seattle have already qualified from the West, while Sporting KC are the only Eastern Conference team that have secured a postseason berth.