Five MLS teams have made the playoffs, but in the world of probability that number is a lot closer to 10.
Red Bulls, DC, L.A., Vancouver and Dallas are in the postseason, while Toronto, Columbus, New England and Sporting KC are on the verge. Seattle is just behind that group.
So how about those final two slots?
|x – New York||31||16||6||9||55||39||16||11-2-3||5-4-6||54|
|x – D.C.||32||14||6||12||39||40||-1||10-3-3||4-3-9||48|
|Orlando City SC||32||11||8||13||44||54||-10||6-5-5||5-3-8||41|
|New York City FC||32||10||7||15||47||53||-6||6-4-6||4-3-9||37|
Montreal: at Colorado, vs. New England, at Toronto
Orlando: vs. NYC, at Philadelphia
New York City: at Orlando, vs. New England
Obviously, the Impact have the wheel here, though a pair of road tests — one across the continent — aren’t easy. If it comes down to a match against their rivals at BMO Field, all bets will be off. NYC can do Montreal a huge favor by getting a result in Orlando, but Jason Kreis’ side need all three points (Well, all six points… and a load of help). No one is playing better than Orlando right now.
|x – FC Dallas||31||15||6||10||47||38||9||11-2-2||4-4-8||51|
|x – Los Angeles||32||14||9||9||53||39||14||12-3-1||2-6-8||51|
|x – Vancouver||32||15||5||12||42||34||8||8-2-6||7-3-6||50|
|Real Salt Lake||31||11||8||12||37||43||-6||7-6-2||4-2-10||41|
San Jose: vs Sporting KC, at Dallas
Portland: at RSL, at LA, vs. Colorado
Houston: vs. Seattle, at Vancouver
Real Salt Lake: vs. Portland, vs. Dallas, at Seattle
Quite literally anything can happen here in terms of these four. Pressure’s surely on Caleb Porter and the Timbers to finally give their supporters a side worth their passion. RSL is the only other side with three matches left, and the two pair up next. Houston has a harrowing pair of matches, one without Cubo Torres, while San Jose also has two tough efforts.
Longtime Serie A goalkeeper and World Cup winner Marco Amelia is giving Chelsea some cover.
The ex-AC Milan man, 33, has also played for Roma and Livorno amongst other stops in Italy, and has been on trial at Stamford Bridge for some time.
He’s available for Chelsea’s next match, against Aston Villa, and will potentially slide into the No. 2 slot ahead of 21-year-old Jamal Blackman. Whether he’s an upgrade in skill is debatable, but his experience could prove invaluable.