Playoff Poll: Who will make it and who won't down the stretch?

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There are 18 days left in the MLS regular season, and 10 teams are still vying for seven remaining playoff positions.

And the field is crowded: nine points separate the contenders. For those on the outside of the postseason picture looking in, there's no margin for error, and those on the inside looking out do so with more than a small amount of nervousness as they fight to punch their ticket to the dance.

Seven of these teams will get in. But what about the three that will miss out?