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Playoff update: No new MLS playoff spots clinched

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The chances of the LA Galaxy avoiding the Wild Card playoff improved yesterday, after the Seattle Sounders and Rapids both fell defeated.

Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

The chances of the LA Galaxy avoiding the Wild Card playoff improved yesterday, after the Seattle Sounders and Rapids both fell defeated.

With the Sounders losing 1-4 to the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Colorado Rapids losing to the San Jose Earthquakes last night, no new playoff spots were clinched in the Western Conference. The Seattle Sounders can still clinch a playoff spot by defeating the Portland Timbers this weekend. As Colorado lost, the Timbers cannot clinch a playoff spot this weekend.

The Earthquakes are currently one point out of a playoff spot while the Whitecaps are three points away. Only five points separate first from sixth right now, so the results on Wednesday really served to tighten up the Western Conference race.

There are two matches left this round that can have implications on the Western Conference playoff race. When the Sounders and Timbers face off on Sunday there's the possibility that the Sounders can clinch their playoff spot, but they'll have to do it again with Eddie Johnson who today it was reported had to withdraw from the US national team with a left groin strain. FC Dallas will be eliminated from playoff contention if they don't defeat Chicago on Saturday. A Chicago loss would also clinch a playoff spot for Sporting Kansas City in the East after SKC played Houston to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday.

The best case scenario for the Galaxy would be if Seattle and Portland played to a draw on Sunday putting second place only four points out of reach. LA will have six points available to them in the next round while the Sounders have to travel to Dallas after giving up nine goals in the last 180 minutes and Portland has to host Real Salt Lake.

I'll have more this afternoon on the Galaxy's chances for a top three finish in the West, but it's gone from an outside chance to almost a coin flip.