The 2022 MLS season is in full swing. While some teams are getting closer to the coveted postseason berth, others are looking abroad hoping for a solid finish to reach the playoffs.
Here’s a look at what it’s like to bet from a playoff perspective on the weekend’s matches.
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Friday 9 September
Montreal vs Columbus Crowe
For Montreal, it’s very simple. Win while you are in the center. Coach Wilfried Nancy has done a fantastic job this season in Quebec, and a victory over sixth-placed Columbus would seal the deal and also keep their supporters’ dwindling shield hopes alive. Meanwhile, Columbus wants a win to possibly fend off New England and Cincinnati from jumping them into the table and leaving them outside the playoff zone in eighth.
Saturday 10 September
Charlotte vs New York City
Despite a 1-1 draw in Cincinnati on Wednesday that kept the team unbeaten in four straight games, the defending champions NYCFC are still in a position to host a first-round match. However, time is running out for 12th-placed Charlotte to make up seven points to reach the playoffs zone.
Nashville vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
Only four points separate third from seventh in the West and Nashville is right in the middle of it in fourth with 45 points. They are assured of ending the weekend in the playoffs, but would rather win to stay in the top four. Galaxy is the closest watcher in the West to the Playoffs with 39 points in eighth place. win, and they could be back in post-season.
New York Red Bulls vs New England Revolution
The Red Bulls are right in the middle of the second to fourth hole which puts them on track to host in the first round. The situation is much more dire for the Revs, who are eighth in the East and thus outward looking inward. NYRB could take a loss here; New England can’t.
Atlanta United vs. Toronto FC
While the defeat doesn’t officially eliminate either side from the playoffs, it would be the final nail in the coffin. The last call will likely be for TFC which ranked 10th (34) and 11th place at 11th (33), with the latter commenting Joseph Martinez The match was suspended for “harmful behavior to the team”.
Cincinnati vs San Jose Earthquakes
Cincinnati is seventh and last in the East after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with New York FC, so three points are of paramount importance to the hosts. In the meantime, earthquakes will say Farewell To postseason with a loss.
Philadelphia Union vs Orlando City
The race for the Ansar Shield continues, with neck and neck ties tied to unite with LAFC for this trophy. Orlando City will be on cloud ninth after winning the US Open on Wednesday, but currently in fifth place with 42 points east and four points ahead of eighth, the margins are slim.
Chicago Fire vs Inter Miami
Inter Miami occupies ninth place with 36 points, two points behind Cincinnati and New England. The hiccups from both could allow the sons of Phil Neville to jump themselves somewhere post-season with a win. Chicago is seven points out of the playoff zone, so it should basically be a perfect end to the Fire if they want to come back to face the playoff drought (2017).
Seattle Sounders FC vs Austin FC
Austin FC is hoping for a third time witch after not securing the first playoff in the previous two games, both of which ended in defeats. Austin is still second in the West with 51 points and five points off third-place FC Dallas, and Austin could be tied for a win over the Seattle team, which is six points behind seventh. Seattle’s streak in qualifying for the playoffs each year hangs by a thread.
FC Dallas vs. LAFC
LAFC has already settled a watershed point and is on its way to claiming the number one spot in the West, but FC Dallas still has to do some work to make sure it hosts the first round. Only two points separate them from having to go all the way in the first round.
Houston Dynamo vs Sporting Kansas City
The Bee Gees’ song “Stayin’ Alive” may be the locker room for the winner of this game. Sporting KC are guaranteed to stay in the playoff if they can win at Space City, while last-placed Dynamo, who sacked coach Paulo Nagamura on Monday, need to win and either Portland or Real Salt Lake drop points to survive athletically. .
Colorado Rapids vs Vancouver Whitecaps
These two teams have nearly identical records and are ranked 10th and 11th in the West, with Vancouver slightly ahead with 34 points versus 33 in Colorado. Losing here means disqualification, while winning keeps slim playoff hopes alive.
Real Salt Lake vs DC United
Real Salt Lake is sixth with 42 points, but Galaxy is eighth with 39 points, but a win could make it jump to fourth place and host the place in the first round. DC is last in the East with 26 points and a loss as well as New England having a score that means no playoffs in 2022 for the boys from DC.
Portland Timbers vs Minnesota United
Minnesota also finds itself in the middle of this Western predicament in fifth place with 44 points, with a playoff on the field to miss the playoffs together with both possibilities. Portland are clinging to last place in the playoff in the West (42 points) and at least a tie will keep them there for another week.