We're heading into the last month of the 2015 MLS regular season and just five games remain in the run to the MLS Cup Playoffs. Let's take a look at the standings before we get into how FC Dallas can clinch a playoff spot this weekend
Despite Sunday's loss to Los Angeles, FC Dallas still controls their own destiny in the Western Conference and actually still leads in PPG by the slightest of margins. Looking at the bottom of the standings, San Jose and Houston are the only teams left with a realistic chance of working their way into the top six and those are the two teams to watch this weekend to see if FCD can clinch.
FC Dallas can clinch a 2015 MLS Cup Playoff spot this weekend with a win over Houston and a draw or loss by San Jose at home against Vancouver. Here's how:
Currently, the Earthquakes can reach a maximum of 52 points while Houston can get to 50 points. Should San Jose draw or lose this weekend, they can reach a maxiumum of 50 points with a maxiumum of 14 wins(the first tiebreaker) while if FC Dallas defeats Houston, Oscar Pareja's side will reach 50 points with 15 wins and Houston will be left with a maxiumum point total of 47 points eliminating any chance of either team catching Dallas thus clinching a top-six position. Additionally, should Portland defeat SKC and FC Dallas defeat Houston, the Dynamo's playoff chances would effectively be eliminated as well.
Should FC Dallas clinch this weekend, we can start looking at scenarios for FCD to get those all-important top four and top two seeds in the West.