Originally posted on Philly Sports Live  |  Last updated 10/1/12

Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire: The battle for first place in the East saw SKC easily handle the Fire, defeating them by a score of 2-0.  With the win, Sporting took sole position of first place, guaranteeing themselves a playoff spot in the process.  It also marked the first time that Kansas City has won at home against the Fire in over five years, with both goals coming courtesy of Graham Zusi.  With the shutout, Jimmy Nielsen picked up his league-leading 14th clean sheet.

New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC: Not shockingly, New York manhandled  bottom of the table Toronto by a score of 4-1.  Thierry Henry was the star of the game on Saturday night, picking up a goal and three assists.  Kenny Cooper also shined, picking up two of the other goals for his squad.  With the victory, New York holds a slim lead over Chicago for second place by goal differential.

Columbus Crew vs. Philadelphia Union: Despite a second half comeback, the Union couldn’t leave Columbus with any points, after an 87th minute goal from Milovan Mirosevic that should have been called offside sent the Union home in shock.  In the 65th minute, Danny Cruz would put away a penalty to cut the lead in half, followed by Jack McInerney tying the match up a two late in the 86th.  Unfortunately for Philadelphia, the refs made a bad call that resulted in the Union being eliminated from playoff contention.

 Houston Dynamo vs. New England Revolution: After a 2-0 win over the Revolution on Saturday, the Dynamo held on to the fifth place spot in the East by a point, with Columbus still close behind.  Two late second half goals gave Houston the victory, coming from Ricardo Clark in the 78th and Garcia in the 93rd.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Seattle Sounder FC: The Caps and Sounders played to a 0-0 draw which coincidentally ended up helping both teams.  With one point a piece, Seattle clinched their fourth straight playoff birth while Vancouver see themselves sitting in the fifth spot with a slim two point lead.

Chivas USA vs. Real Salt Lake: Salt lake took Chivas to school on Saturday, defeating the last place team 4-0.  Three of those goals were thanks to Alvaro Soborio, who scored a hat trick on the night.  The best part?  He wasn’t sure if he would be able to play in the match.  Look how that turned out.  Nick Rimando, RSL’s keeper, was also brilliant, making some key saves on the way to a clean sheet.  With the win, Salt Lake took sole possession of second place in West are are guaranteed a playoff spot.

Portland Timbers vs. DC United: Despite the fact that a DC win would have put them in a tie for second place, a 1-1 draw against Portland still kept their playoff hopes alive, as they sit in fourth place in the East.  Despite being up 1-0, United gave up their lead in the 78th minute when Bright **** picked up the late match equalizer for the Timbers.

 San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas: A match that went 1-1 into the 72nd minute ended bizarrely by a score of 3-3.  The result doesn’t have any real effect on San Jose, but Dallas really needed to pick up all three points.  If they had picked up the win, they would have taken the fifth playoff spot, at least temporarily, away from Vancouver.  Instead, after picking up an 88th minute lead, Dallas left California with only a point, after a 95th minute equalizer from Steven Lenhart left the Texas squad dazed and confused.

 Colorado Rapids vs. Los Angeles Galaxy: Colorado needed a win against the Galaxy to have any real hope of making the post season, but instead were only able to get a point after the match ended in a 1-1 draw.  The Galaxy have already clinched a playoff berth and currently sit in third place in the West.  While Colorado mathematically can still make the playoffs, it is becoming more and more unlikely.

The West Division playoff race paints a much clearer picture than in the East.  San Jose, Salt Lake, Los Angeles and Seattle will all be going to the playoffs, with the fifth and final spot being fiercely fought over by Vancouver and Dallas.  Colorado is still a possibility, but don’t count on them making it.  A better bet would see FC Dallas beating out Vancouver for that coveted final spot.

The East isn’t so clear; the only team that has clinched so far is Sporting Kansas City.  New York and Chicago will probably clinch, but they are tied when it comes to points at 53.  The real battle is between DC, Houston and Columbus, with each of those teams fighting to stay in the top five.  Anyone of those teams could make the playoffs or miss them by just a point; that’s how close the East race is.

Like last week, because of the playoff race, there are two PSL Games of the Week, with both coming next Saturday afternoon.  Hopefully, you’re in for a day of some really good soccer.  The first is DC United vs. Toronto FC.  This is a game DC should win as Toronto sits at the bottom of the Eastern table.  A win would give DC a touch of insurance heading into the final few games of the season.  That match is at 1:00 pm. ET and if you live in Canada, can be seen nationally on TSN.  For everyone else, an MLS Live subscription will be needed.

Just two and a half hours later, the Red Bulls will be taking on Chicago.  The winner of this match will receive sole possession of second place while the loser could see themselves drop down to fourth.  Both teams are hot right now and have an arsenal of weapons they can use to get points.  Kick off is at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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