This parity will remain for only a matter of hours, as Philadelphia visits New York at 5 p.m. (and televised on ESPN2). With a win, the Red Bulls will wrap up the final unclaimed playoff spot. That, of course, would eliminate Portland and Chicago.
Here's a look at what's left of the MLS regular season.
The Sounders resume training this morning for their final regular-season game: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chivas USA. (I should be back with some news from the club in the early afternoon.)
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The games they'll be watching most closely are the ones that will determine their opening playoff opponent: Portland at Real Salt Lake and Dallas at San Jose. RSL and Dallas have the same number of points, and if it stays that way after those games, the tie-breaker goes to Salt Lake.The regular season ends Sunday with Los Angeles at Houston.
The playoffs begin Wednesday with the first wild-card match.
The Sounders will begin their away-and-home, aggregate-score series either Oct. 29 or 30.