SAN JOSE - The San Jose Earthquakes clinched a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs for the fifth consecutive year tonight following Western Conference rival Real Salt Lake's 5-1 loss to D.C. United. The Earthquakes became the first team in the league to secure a spot in the postseason, and clinched a playoff berth in August for the second time in club history. With eight games remaining, this year's squad has equaled the 2003 Quakes for the earliest clinching of a playoff berth in team history.
The Earthquakes (12-5-8, 44 pts.) sit in first place in the Western Conference and trail the New England Revolution by a point for the best overall record in MLS. The Quakes now lead Real Salt Lake, the Western Conference's fifth place team by 25 points, and RSL can only accumulate a total of 24 points the rest of the season.
The MLS Playoffs begin Oct. 22, and the Earthquakes could host a Western Conference Semifinal home match at Spartan Stadium on one of three dates; Oct. 23, Oct. 29 or Oct. 30. Earthquakes playoff tickets go on sale to the public, following a season ticket holder presale, on September 27. Tickets will be available by visiting the Earthquakes Ticket Office at 100 North Almaden Ave., by logging onto www.sjearthquakes.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 408-998-TIXS, 415-421-TIXS, 510-625-TIXS, 925-685-TIXS or by visiting any Ticketmaster outlet, including Tower Records, Rite Aid and Ritmo Latino. Discounted tickets for groups of 15 or more are available by calling 408-985-GOAL.