Eastern Conference Predictions: MLS Week 32 – Playoff ranking battle continues

Eastern Conference Predictions: MLS Week 32 – With just two games remaining, the Eastern Conference top six has already been confirmed. Toronto FC have been crowned Supporters’ Shield champions, but there is still plenty for the rest of the top six to fight for ahead of the postseason.

The five Eastern Conference fixtures will kickoff at the same time on Sunday evening at 17:00 ET (22:00 BST). You’d be mistaken to think any of the teams in action will take it easy just because they have already secured a playoff spot. The battle for a second-placed finish goes on to secure a Knockout Round bye. Read on for all of this weekend’s Eastern Conference predictions: MLS week 32 is going to be an exciting one…

Toronto 3-1 Montreal Impact

The buzz around Toronto continues after being crowned Supporters’ Shield champions, but there is no time to take their foot off the gas. Montreal Impact have missed out on the playoffs in what has been an underwhelming season. The home side could be boosted with the return of Sebastian Giovinco, they’ll need him fit and inform if they’re to go the distance in the playoffs. Expect a TFC win.

Orlando City 2-2 Columbus Crew

Orlando’s 2017 campaign hasn’t been one to remember. Although they have missed out on the playoffs, this should be a special occasion. Kaka, who has been their captain since their inception to MLS, announced he will be leaving the club at the end of the season. This will be his final game. The Lions’ faithful will be holding out for him to sign off in style and make it a memorable ending. Columbus Crew will have no time for sentiment however, they’ll be looking to finish the season strongly as the playoffs loom.

New York Red Bulls 1-1 Atlanta United

This is possibly one of the most important fixtures in the Eastern Conference this weekend. Atlanta can still finish second. They trail NYCFC by three points with two games remaining. They’ll be hoping to secure second place to get the reward of a bye in what has been an incredible debut season. NYCFC will be holding out for their rivals to do them a favour. It was a healthy win last time out for Red Bulls. They look likely to finish 6th in the conference, but that won’t be a concern to them, with a playoff place secured.

New England Revolution 1-3 New York City

As mentioned, New York City are sitting second in the East. The Knockout Round bye is theirs to lose as things stand. This is New England’s last home game of the 2017 season. It hasn’t exactly been what the doctor ordered for the Revs faithful. They need to give their fans something to be cheerful of to sign off 2017 as their countdown to next season beings early. In all honesty, NYCFC should be looking to take three points here and likely confirm second place.

Chicago Fire 2-1 Philadelphia Union

Who would have thought this time last season Chicago would be in the playoffs a year later? The Fire have been impressive in 2017 and have rightfully booked their place in the postseason. Philadelphia have nothing left to play for other than pride. If it’s any conciliation to their fans, they can’t finish bottom of the East, as DC United have got that locked down. We predict Chicago to make it three games without a loss and pick up another home win.

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Dallas, LA and DC seal playoff spots as the battle for the postseason heats up

Another busy weekend of MLS action has given us three more teams that have secured their playoff spots for the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs.

DC United join Eastern Conference rivals New York Red Bulls in making the postseason, while LA Galaxy and FC Dallas secured their spots this weekend over in the West.

There are just three weeks of the 2015 MLS Regular Season to play and several teams across the league are still fighting for their playoff lives.

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The top six in each conference will make the postseason this year but unfortunately for the Philadelphia Union and the Colorado Rapids, their season will end on October 25 as they join the Chicago Fire in being eliminated after disappointing campaigns.

New England Revolution and Columbus Crew only need one more point each to seal their playoff spots in the East, while Toronto need one more win or results to go their way to be certain, though the top five in the Eastern Conference look to be safe.

The real battle will be for the last remaining slot. Montreal Impact currently occupy sixth place, with two games in hand over their chasing rivals Orlando City and New York City FC. That should be enough to see them advance to the postseason but nothing is certain in this game.

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Over in the West, things are a little more interesting as seven sides are battling for the last remaining four playoff spots, with just eight points separating third place down to ninth.

There are just three MLS games this week but the battle for the 2015 MLS Playoffs looks set to go down to the wire.