Playoff Verdicts, Week 31: FC Dallas clinch playoff berth, RBNY secure bye

Things are heating up in the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs race, but only two verdicts were handed down in Week 31.

FC Dallas became the first team in the Western Conference to clinch a playoff berth with their 0-0 tie in Portland in Week 31.

Sporting Kansas City missed out on a chance to become the second team to secure a playoff spot in the West by failing to beat Real Salt Lake in the Week 31 capper on Sunday.

In the East, the NY Red Bulls clinched a first-round bye in Week 31 thanks to rival NYCFC's loss in Minnesota on Saturday. The result ensures RBNY will finish in one of the top two spots in the Eastern Conference and avoid the Knockout Round.

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RBNY

New York Red Bulls

NY Red Bulls clinched a first-round bye in the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs with NYCFC's loss:

  • New York Red Bulls win vs. Atlanta United
  • – OR –
  • New York Red Bulls tie vs. Atlanta United and ...
  • NYCFC tie vs. Minnesota United
  • – OR –
  • ✓ NYCFC loss vs. Minnesota United

DAL

FC Dallas

FC Dallas clinched a berth in the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs with a tie in Portland:

  • ✓ FC Dallas win or tie vs. Portland Timbers
  • – OR –
  • Real Salt Lake lose or tie vs. Sporting KC and ...
  • LA Galaxy lose or tie vs. Vancouver Whitecaps