Loss to DC eliminates Revolution from playoff contention

NEW YORK –  The New England Revolution have been eliminated from the 2012 MLS Cup Playoff Race. The Revs lost 2-1 on Saturday night to D.C. United and, with just five games remaining, the club will be unable to overtake or tie in points five of the 10 Eastern Conference teams.

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One team, the San Jose Earthquakes, has clinched a spot in the playoffs while two, Eastern Conference teams Toronto FC and New England, have been eliminated from contention.
 
ABOUT THE 2012 MLS CUP PLAYOFFS

The top five teams in points from each conference at the end of the regular season (10 total) will qualify for the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs.
 
The fourth- and fifth-place teams in each conference will play a single knockout game, the winner of which will advance to the Conference Semifinals and face the first place team in the conference.
 
The four Conference Semifinals will be decided by two-game aggregate series, with the lower seed hosting the first leg and the higher seed hosting the second leg. If the aggregate score is tied after 180 minutes of play, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played in their entirety, followed by penalty kicks, if necessary.
 
The two Conference Championships will be decided by a two-game aggregate series, with the lower seed hosting the first leg and the higher seed hosting the second leg. If the aggregate score is tied after 180 minutes of play, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played in their entirety, followed by penalty kicks, if necessary.
 
MLS Cup will be a single championship match hosted by the higher seed. If the score is tied after 90 minutes of play, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played in their entirety, followed by penalty kicks, if necessary.