Playoff Scenarios: RSL, New England both clinch; two spots left on Decision Day

The results are in from the penultimate weekend of MLS regular season action and the playoff field out East is set. New England's 2-0 win over New York City FC secured them the final available spot, while simultaneously eliminating Chicago, Orlando and Montreal

Despite that loss, NYCFC still clinched top seed in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 2-0 win by Columbus over Philadelphia, which concluded later than other Eastern Conference games due to a weather delay. That guarantees NYCFC a first-round bye in the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs, home-field advantage in the Eastern Conference Semifinals and Finals, as well as a spot in the 2020 Concacaf Champions League.

The West, however, remains wide open after an evening of pure chaos. Though Real Salt Lake clinched a playoff spot thanks to their win over Houston, three chasing teams all dropped points while Colorado guaranteed they have something to play for on Decision Day thanks to a big 3-0 win over FC Dallas. In addition to Dallas, San Jose also lost, while Portland managed a tie against already-eliminated Sporting KC, leaving the door open for the Rapids to complete a miracle run to the postseason.

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NYC

New York City FC

NYCFC clinched top seed in the East and a berth in the 2020 Concacaf Champions League.

  • ✓ Philadelphia lose or tie vs. Columbus

DAL

FC Dallas

FC Dallas did not clinch a berth in the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs.


NE

New England Revolution

New England clinched a berth in the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs.

  • ✓ New England win vs. NYCFC

POR

Portland Timbers

Portland did not clinch a berth in the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs.


RSL

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake clinched a berth in the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs.

  • ✓ Real Salt Lake win vs. Houston

CHI

Chicago Fire

Chicago were eliminated from playoff contention.

  • ✓ New England win vs. NYCFC

COL

Colorado Rapids

Colorado were not eliminated from playoff contention.


MTL

Montreal Impact

Montreal were eliminated from playoff contention.

  • ✓ Montreal lose or tie vs. Atlanta
  • – OR –
  • ✓ New England win vs. NYCFC

ORL

Orlando City SC

Orlando were eliminated from playoff contention.

  • ✓ Orlando lose or tie vs. Cincinnati
  • – OR –
  • ✓ New England win or tie vs. NYCFC

SJ

San Jose Earthquakes

San Jose were not eliminated from playoff contention.

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