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Race for the Playoffs: Seattle can clinch this weekend

The LA Galaxy may have been the first team to clinch a playoff spot this year, but Western Conference rivals the Seattle Sounders could be joining them this Saturday.

Here's the scenario:

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The Sounders will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs if:

  • They defeat D.C. United AND ...
  • the Portland Timbers lose to the New England Revolution AND ...
  • the Houston Dynamo lose to either the Columbus Crew OR the San Jose Earthquakes this week

The Sounders are the only team that can clinch a playoff berth this weekend. Also, no team can mathematically be eliminated from contention this week, regardless of what happens.

Last year, the Galaxy were the first team to clinch a playoff berth, doing so with five weeks remaining in the regular season. This year, they did it with six weeks still left to be played – the earliest a team has clinched since FC Dallas in 2006, also with six weeks remaining.