MLS Cup trophy

There are only days left in the MLS regular season, and each game has significance. In the case of the San Jose Earthquakes and Columbus Crew SC, they are literally fighting for survival in the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs race.


Here's a look at what is at stake in Thursday's games as the season nears its conclusion and the postseason picture becomes clearer:


San Jose Earthquakes will be eliminated from playoff contention IF

  • They lose vs. Colorado Rapids on Thursday


Columbus Crew SC will be eliminated from playoff contention IF

  • They lose or tie vs. Chicago Fire on Thursday


QUALIFIED for MLS Cup Playoffs
Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC


ELIMINATED
Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew SC, Houston Dynamo, Orlando City SC, San Jose Earthquakes, Vancouver Whitecaps FC