MLS: Standings, playoff scenarios, seeding information, schedule and more for Decision Day


After nearly seven long months, the Major League Soccer regular season comes to a close on Sunday with Decision Day. Every team will be in action on the final matchday before the MLS Cup Playoffs and there’s so much still on the line to play for. Out of the 14 playoff spots, six remain up for grabs, three in each conference. Additionally, the top seed in the Western Conference has yet to be decided with Seattle, Sporting Kansas City and Colorado all in the running. 

The Eastern Conference has six teams fighting for three playoff spots on the final day, while five will fight for three in the Western Conference.

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Here’s the schedule and the scenarios for playoff berths and seeding:

MLS Decision Day schedule

All matches on ESPN+ unless specified otherwise 

All times Eastern

Toronto FC vs. DC United, 3 p.m.
New England Revolution vs. Inter Miami, 3 p.m.
Nashville vs. NY Red Bulls, 3 p.m. on ESPN
Cincinnati vs. Atlanta United, 3 p.m.
Columbus  Crew vs. Chicago Fire, 3 p.m.
CF Montreal vs. Orlando City, 3 p.m.
NYCFC vs. Philadelphia Union, 3 p.m.
San Jose vs. FC Dallas, 6 p.m.
Portland vs. Austin, 6 p.m.
LA Galaxy vs. Minnesota United, 6 p.m. on FS1
Sporting KC vs. Real Salt Lake
Colorado Rapids vs. LAFC
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Seattle Sounders

MLS Standings

Eastern Conference

  1. New England, 73 points (clinched top seed)
  2. Philadelphia, 53 points (clinched playoff berth)
  3. Nashville, 53 points (clinched playoff berth)
  4. NYCFC, 50 points (clinched playoff berth)
  5. Atlanta United, 48 points
  6. Orlando City, 48 points
  7. RBNY, 47 points
  8. Montreal, 46 points
  9. DC United, 44 points
  10. Columbus, 44 points
  11. Inter Miami, 38 points (eliminated)
  12. Chicago Fire, 34 points (eliminated)
  13. Toronto FC, 28 points (eliminated)
  14. Cincinnati, 20 points (eliminated)

Western Conference

  1. Seattle, 59 points (clinched playoff berth)
  2. Sporting KC, 58 points (clinched playoff berth)
  3. Colorado, 58 points (clinched playoff berth)
  4. Portland, 52 points (clinched playoff berth) 
  5. Minnesota, 48 points
  6. Vancouver, 48 points
  7. LA Galaxy, 47 points
  8. Real Salt Lake, 45 points
  9. LAFC, 45 points
  10. San Jose, 40 points (eliminated)
  11. FC Dallas, 32 points (eliminated)
  12. Austin, 31 points (eliminated)
  13. Houston, 30 points (eliminated)

MLS playoff qualification scenarios

Atlanta United will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs if:

  • Atlanta United win or tie vs. FC Cincinnati

— OR —

  • New York Red Bulls lose vs. Nashville SC

— OR —

  • CF Montréal lose or tie vs. Orlando City SC

— OR —

  • Atlanta United win goal differential vs. Orlando City SC

Orlando City SC will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs if:

  • Orlando City SC win or tie vs. CF Montréal

— OR —

  • New York Red Bulls lose vs. Nashville SC

— OR —

  • Atlanta United lose vs. FC Cincinnati AND
  • Orlando City SC win goal differential vs. Atlanta United

New York Red Bulls will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs if:

  • New York Red Bulls win or tie vs. Nashville SC

— OR —

  • CF Montréal lose or tie vs. Orlando City SC AND
  • D.C. United lose or tie vs. Toronto FC AND
  • Columbus Crew lose or tie vs. Chicago Fire FC

— OR —

  • CF Montréal lose or tie vs. Orlando City SC AND
  • D.C. United lose or tie vs. Toronto FC AND
  • New York Red Bulls win goal differential vs. Columbus Crew

CF Montréal will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs if:

  • CF Montréal win vs. Orlando City SC

D.C. United will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs if:

  • D.C. United win vs. Toronto FC AND
  • New York Red Bulls lose vs. Nashville SC AND
  • CF Montréal lose or tie vs. Orlando City SC

Columbus Crew will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs if:

  • Columbus Crew win vs. Chicago Fire FC AND
  • New York Red Bulls lose vs. Nashville SC AND
  • CF Montréal lose or tie vs. Orlando City SC AND
  • D.C. United lose or tie vs. Toronto FC AND
  • Columbus Crew win goal differential vs. New York Red Bulls

Minnesota United FC will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs if:

  • Minnesota United FC win or tie vs. LA Galaxy

— OR —

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC lose vs. Seattle Sounders FC AND
  • Real Salt Lake lose or tie vs. Sporting Kansas City

— OR —

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC lose vs. Seattle Sounders FC AND
  • Los Angeles Football Club lose or tie vs. Colorado Rapids

— OR —

  • Real Salt Lake lose or tie vs. Sporting Kansas City AND
  • Los Angeles Football Club lose or tie vs. Colorado Rapids

Vancouver Whitecaps FC will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs if:

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC win or tie vs. Seattle Sounders FC

— OR —

  • LA Galaxy lose vs. Minnesota United FC AND
  • Real Salt Lake lose or tie vs. Sporting Kansas City

— OR —

  • LA Galaxy lose vs. Minnesota United FC AND
  • Los Angeles Football Club lose or tie vs. Colorado Rapids

— OR —

  • Real Salt Lake lose or tie vs. Sporting Kansas City AND
  • Los Angeles Football Club lose or tie vs. Colorado Rapids

LA Galaxy will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs if:

  • LA Galaxy win vs. Minnesota United FC

— OR —

  • LA Galaxy tie vs. Minnesota United FC AND
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC lose vs. Seattle Sounders FC AND
  • Real Salt Lake lose or tie vs. Sporting Kansas City

— OR —

  • LA Galaxy tie vs. Minnesota United FC AND
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC lose vs. Seattle Sounders FC AND
  • Los Angeles Football Club lose or tie vs. Colorado Rapids

— OR —

  • Real Salt Lake lose or tie vs. Sporting Kansas City AND
  • Los Angeles Football Club lose or tie vs. Colorado Rapids

Real Salt Lake will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs if:

  • Real Salt Lake win vs. Sporting Kansas City

Los Angeles Football Club will clinch a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs if:

  • Los Angeles Football Club win vs. Colorado Rapids AND
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC lose vs. Seattle Sounders FC

— OR —

  • Los Angeles Football Club win vs. Colorado Rapids AND
  • Real Salt Lake lose or tie vs. Sporting Kansas City

MLS playoff seeding scenarios

Seattle Sounders FC will clinch the top conference seed if:

  • Seattle Sounders FC win vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

— OR —

  • Seattle Sounders FC tie vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC AND
  • Sporting Kansas City tie vs. Real Salt Lake AND
  • Colorado Rapids lose or tie vs. Los Angeles Football Club

— OR —

  • Sporting Kansas City lose vs. Real Salt Lake AND
  • Colorado Rapids lose or tie vs. Los Angeles Football Club

— OR —

  • Seattle Sounders FC lose BY 1 GOAL vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC AND
  • Sporting Kansas City tie vs. Real Salt Lake AND
  • Colorado Rapids lose or tie vs. Los Angeles Football Club AND
  • Seattle Sounders FC win total goals scored vs. Sporting Kansas City

Sporting Kansas City will clinch the top conference seed if:

  • Sporting Kansas City win vs. Real Salt Lake AND
  • Seattle Sounders FC lose or tie vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

— OR —

  • Sporting Kansas City tie vs. Real Salt Lake AND
  • Seattle Sounders FC lose BY MORE THAN 1 GOAL vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC AND
  • Colorado Rapids lose or tie vs. Los Angeles Football Club

— OR —

  • Sporting Kansas City tie vs. Real Salt Lake AND
  • Seattle Sounders FC lose BY 1 GOAL vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC AND
  • Colorado Rapids lose or tie vs. Los Angeles Football Club AND
  • Sporting Kansas City win total goals scored vs. Seattle Sounders FC

Colorado Rapids will clinch the top conference seed if:

  • Colorado Rapids win vs. Los Angeles Football Club AND
  • Seattle Sounders FC lose or tie vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC AND
  • Sporting Kansas City lose or tie vs. Real Salt Lake

New York City FC will clinch a top-four seed if:

  • New York City FC win or tie vs. Philadelphia Union

— OR —

  • Atlanta United lose or tie vs. FC Cincinnati AND
  • Orlando City SC lose or tie vs. CF Montréal AND
  • New York Red Bulls lose or tie vs. Nashville SC

— OR —

  • Atlanta United lose or tie vs. FC Cincinnati AND
  • Orlando City SC lose or tie vs. CF Montréal AND
  • New York City FC win goal differential vs. New York Red Bulls

Atlanta United will clinch a top-four seed if:

  • Atlanta United win vs. FC Cincinnati AND
  • New York City FC lose vs. Philadelphia Union AND
  • Orlando City SC lose or tie vs. CF Montréal

— OR —

  • Atlanta United win vs. FC Cincinnati AND
  • New York City FC lose vs. Philadelphia Union AND
  • Atlanta United win goal differential vs. Orlando City SC

Orlando City SC will clinch a top-four seed if:

  • Orlando City SC win vs. CF Montréal AND
  • New York City FC lose vs. Philadelphia Union AND
  • Atlanta United lose or tie vs. FC Cincinnati

— OR —

  • Orlando City SC win vs. CF Montréal AND
  • New York City FC lose vs. Philadelphia Union AND
  • Orlando City SC win goal differential vs. Atlanta United

New York Red Bulls will clinch a top-four seed if:

  • New York Red Bulls win vs. Nashville SC AND
  • New York City FC lose vs. Philadelphia Union AND
  • Atlanta United lose or tie vs. FC Cincinnati AND
  • Orlando City SC lose or tie vs. CF Montréal AND
  • New York Red Bulls win goal differential vs. New York City FC





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