NYCFC have clinched a berth in the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs and are currently atop the Eastern Conference standings with a chance to extend that lead Wednesday (7 pm ET | TSN4, MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US) at home against Toronto FC. Supporters’ Shield winners a year ago, the Red Bulls are 12 points behind in fifth place, their postseason hopes still in the balance with five games to play.
So what's behind the gap? For starters, points gained and points lost from winning positions.
NYCFC are first in MLS with 22 points gained from losing positions, meaning no team in the league has rallied from a deficit to earn points better than Dome Torrent’s side.
Runaway Supporters’ Shield leaders Los Angeles Football Club are second in the league with 20 points gained from a losing position, followed by Toronto (17) and the Philadelphia Union (15). The San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders are tied at 13 apiece.
The Montreal Impact, tied with the Red Bulls at 12 points, are the only team in the top eight not currently above the playoff line.
Who is the team most likely to fall behind and stay behind? FC Cincinnati have just one point gained from a losing position this year.