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Sounders clinch playoffs, but lots to be determined in final week of MLS regular season

LogoMLSThe Sounders know they're in the playoffs, but they have no idea of their seeding or which opponent they will be facing.

That -- and a lot more, including Supporters Shield -- will be determined during this final week of the MLS season.

Here's an overview from the league:

The New York Red Bulls enter the final week of Major League Soccer's regular season controlling their own destiny in their quest to win the Supporters’ Shield and bring the club, one of the League’s original franchises, their first major trophy in their 18-year history.

Tim Cahill scored just eight seconds into the Red Bulls' 3-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Sunday – the fastest goal in MLS history – to put the club on the brink of history. With 56 points the Red Bulls hold a one-point lead over Sporting Kansas City, a two-point advantage over the Portland Timbers, and a three-point lead on Real Salt Lake.

All that stands between the Red Bulls and the Shield, which is awarded annually to the team with the most regular season points, is the Chicago Fire, who come to Red Bull Arena Sunday (5 p.m. ET, UniMas) looking to secure a playoff spot. With Salt Lake playing Wednesday night, and Kansas City and Portland playing Saturday, New York will know before it takes the field if it needs the full three points to earn its first silverware.

Here are the full Supporters’ Shield scenarios:

New York Red Bulls will clinch the Supporters’ Shield IF

· New York Red Bulls win vs. Chicago Fire on Sunday

OR

· New York Red Bulls tie vs. Chicago Fire on Sunday AND

· Sporting Kansas City lose or tie vs. Philadelphia Union on Saturday

OR

· New York Red Bulls lose vs. Chicago Fire on Sunday AND

· Sporting Kansas City lose vs. Philadelphia Union on Saturday AND

· Portland Timbers lose or tie vs. Chivas USA on Saturday AND

· Real Salt Lake lose or tie vs. Chivas USA on Wednesday

Sporting Kansas City will clinch the Supporters’ Shield IF

· Sporting Kansas City win vs. Philadelphia Union on Saturday AND

· New York Red Bulls tie or lose vs. Chicago Fire on Sunday

Portland Timbers will clinch the Supporters’ Shield IF

· Portland Timbers win vs. Chivas USA on Saturday AND

· New York Red Bulls lose vs. Chicago Fire on Sunday AND

· Sporting Kansas City tie or lose vs. Philadelphia Union on Saturday

Real Salt Lake will clinch the Supporters’ Shield IF

· Real Salt Lake win vs. Chivas USA on Wednesday

AND

· Sporting Kansas City tie or lose vs. Philadelphia Union on Saturday AND

· Kansas City does not score 8 more goals than RSL

AND

· New York Red Bulls lose vs. Chicago Fire on Sunday AND

· New York does not score 3 more goals than RSL

AND

· Portland Timbers tie or lose vs. Chivas USA on Saturday

Playoff Scenarios

Montréal Impact will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

· Montréal Impact win vs. Toronto FC on Saturday

OR

· New England Revolution tie or lose vs. Columbus Crew on Sunday

OR

· Houston Dynamo tie or lose vs. D.C. United on Sunday

OR

· Montréal Impact tie vs. Toronto FC on Saturday AND

· Chicago Fire lose vs. New York Red Bulls on Sunday OR

· Chicago Fire do not score 5 goals more than MTL in tie vs. New York Red Bulls on Sunday

OR

· Montréal Impact lose vs. Toronto FC on Saturday AND

· Chicago Fire do not score 5 goals more than MTL in loss vs. New York Red Bulls on Sunday

Chicago Fire will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

· Chicago Fire win vs. New York Red Bulls on Sunday

OR

· New England Revolution tie or lose vs. Columbus Crew on Sunday

OR

· Houston Dynamo tie or lose vs. D.C. United on Sunday

OR

· Chicago Fire tie vs. New York Red Bulls on Sunday AND

· Score 5 goals more than MTL does in tie vs. Toronto FC on Saturday OR

· Montréal Impact lose vs. Toronto FC on Saturday

OR

· Chicago Fire lose vs. New York Red Bulls on Sunday AND

· Score 5 goals more than MTL does in loss vs. Toronto FC on Saturday

New England Revolution will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

· New England Revolution win vs. Columbus Crew on Sunday

AND

· Montréal Impact tie or lose vs. Toronto FC on Saturday OR

· Chicago Fire tie or lose vs. New York Red Bulls on Sunday OR

· Houston Dynamo tie or lose vs. D.C. United on Sunday OR

· Houston Dynamo do not score 9 goals more than NE in win vs. D.C. United on Sunday

OR

· New England Revolution tie vs. Columbus Crew on Sunday

AND

· Houston Dynamo lose vs. D.C. United on Sunday OR

· Houston Dynamo do not score 10 goals more than NE in tie vs. D.C. United on Sunday

AND

· Philadelphia Union tie or lose vs. Sporting Kansas City on Saturday OR

· Philadelphia Union do not score 8 goals more than NE in win vs. Sporting Kansas City on Sunday

OR

· New England Revolution lose vs. Columbus Crew on Sunday

AND

· Houston Dynamo lose and do not score 10 goals more than NE vs. D.C. United on Sunday

AND

· Philadelphia Union tie or lose vs. Sporting Kansas City on Saturday

Houston Dynamo will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

· Houston Dynamo win vs. D.C. United on Sunday

AND

· Montréal Impact tie or lose vs. Toronto FC on Saturday OR

· Chicago Fire tie or lose vs. New York Red Bulls on Sunday OR

· New England Revolution tie or lose vs. Columbus Crew on Sunday OR

· Score 10 goals more than NE does in win vs. Columbus Crew on Sunday

OR

· Houston Dynamo tie vs. D.C. United on Sunday

AND

· New England Revolution lose vs. Columbus Crew on Sunday OR

· Score 10 goals more than NE does in tie vs. Columbus Crew on Sunday

AND

· Philadelphia Union tie or lose vs. Sporting Kansas City on Saturday OR

· Score 2 goals than PHI does in win vs. Sporting Kansas City on Sunday

OR

· Houston Dynamo lose vs. D.C. United on Sunday

AND

· Score 10 goals more than NE does in loss vs. Columbus Crew on Sunday

AND

· Philadelphia Union tie or lose vs. Sporting Kansas City on Saturday

Philadelphia Union will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

· Philadelphia Union win vs. Sporting Kansas City on Saturday AND

· New England Revolution lose vs. Columbus Crew on Sunday AND

· Houston Dynamo lose vs. D.C. United on Sunday

Colorado Rapids will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

· Colorado Rapids win or tie vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday

OR

· San Jose Earthquakes tie or lose vs. FC Dallas on Saturday

OR

· Colorado Rapids lose vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday AND

· San Jose Earthquakes win vs. FC Dallas on Saturday AND

· San Jose does not score 13 more goals than Colorado

San Jose Earthquakes will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs IF

· San Jose Earthquakes win vs. FC Dallas on Saturday AND

· Colorado Rapids lose vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday AND

· San Jose scores 13 more goals than Colorado

New York Red Bulls, Sporting Kansas City, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC have clinched a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

D.C. United, Toronto FC, Chivas USA, FC Dallas Columbus Crew and Vancouver Whitecaps FC have been eliminated from playoff contention.

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