MLS Decision Day 2015 – Key matches head-to-head on the final weekend of MLS regular season

MLS Sunday sees all three Canadian teams in action as they head into post-season play: Montreal Impact, Toronto FC, and Vancouver Whitecaps. Closure to home, coming off a massive 5-2 victory against the reigning MLS Champs the LA Galaxy, the Portland Timbers and their army of fans are looking to maintain their edge into post-season play, as they host Colorado Rapids

It will be a curtain call on Sunday for Major League Soccer (MLS) regular season. This will be mostly about teams below the redline scrimmage to secure a spot in the post-season.

In the Eastern Conference, New York Red Bulls has clinched the top spot in the 2015 MLS playoffs and will be challenging all of MLS to go the distance. While D.C. United, Columbus Crew, Toronto FC, and Montreal Impact are in the playoffs. The final spot is up for grabs and will be a knockout drag out match between the New England and Orlando City [MLS newest team this season].
The Western Conference looks like this: FC Dallas has clinched the number seat at the Western Conference table. The 2014 champion LA Galaxy are in the playoffs, as well as our Canadian neighbor Vancouver Whitecaps. Based on recent form and coming off a massive 5-2 victory against the reigning MLS Champs the LA Galaxy, the Portland Timbers and their army of fans are looking to maintain their edge into post-season play, as they host Colorado Rapids.

NEW YORK CITY FC vs. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
October 25, 2015 (WEEK 33, MLS Game #336)
5 p.m. ET (MLS LIVE)

A crucial match in the final picture for the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs brings down the curtain on the inaugural MLS season at Yankee Stadium on Decision Day when New York City FC play host to the New England Revolution on Sunday afternoon. The hosts will not reach the postseason in their first MLS campaign, coming off a 2-1 defeat by expansion brethren Orlando City SC last week at the Citrus Bowl. The Revolution will be in the playoff chase – but now the opportunity to be at home for the Knockout Round is in play, after their 1-0 loss to the Montréal Impact last weekend at Gillette Stadium.

COLUMBUS CREW SC vs. D.C. UNITED
MAPFRE STADIUM, Columbus, Ohio
5 p.m. ET (FS1)

When MLS original rivals Columbus Crew SC and D.C. United meet for the third time this season on Decision Day, it will be a massive contest in the final Eastern Conference lineup for the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs. Both clubs can finish anywhere from second to fifth in the East – meaning they can go anywhere from a first-round bye to traveling for a Knockout Round match at midweek. United have the upper hand, sitting in second place in the decision following their 4-0 win against the Chicago Fire last weekend at RFK Stadium. But Crew SC can claim the second position with a victory, coming off a 2-0 victory at Toronto FC last weekend.

PHILADELPHIA UNION vs. ORLANDO CITY
PPL Park, Chester, Pa.
5 p.m. ET (MLS LIVE)

Orlando City SC still have one final chance to claim a berth in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs in their inaugural Major League Soccer season, when they meet Philadelphia Union as part of Decision Day at PPL Park on Sunday afternoon. Orlando City must defeat Union by a huge margin – and hope the New England Revolution lose to another expansion side in New York City FC – if they are to clinch sixth place in the Eastern Conference and final postseason spot. OCSC is coming off a 2-1 home win against NYCFC to stay alive last weekend, while Union, already eliminated from playoff consideration, are coming off a 4-1 defeat at the New York Red Bulls last week.

MONTREAL IMPACT vs. TORONTO FC
Stade Saputo, Montreal
5 p.m. ET (TSN2, RDS, MLS LIVE)

The third meeting between Canadian arch-rivals Montréal Impact and Toronto FC will have a huge impact on the Eastern Conference playoff picture when the clubs meet Sunday as part of Decision Day at Stade Saputo. Both teams are assured of berths in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, but both can finish anywhere from second place to sixth place following the final day, meaning they could go from having a first-round bye to traveling to a Knockout Round match. TFC are coming off a 2-0 home loss to Columbus Crew SC last weekend at BMO Field, while the Impact booked their place in the postseason in a 1-0 win at the New England Revolution.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS vs. REAL SALT LAKE
CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash.
7 pm ET (MLS LIVE/ESPN 3)

A critical match in the final positioning in the Western Conference is ahead as part of Decision Day when Seattle Sounders FC entertain Real Salt Lake at CenturyLink Field on Sunday afternoon. Sounders FC still have yet to secure their place in the top six in the West – and could still finish as high as second place and claim a bye for the first round – following their 1-1 draw at the Houston Dynamo that extended their undefeated run. Real saw their string of seven consecutive MLS Cup Playoffs appearances come to an end last weekend, following their 1-0 loss to FC Dallas at Tio Tinto Stadium.

PORTLAND TIMBERS vs. COLORADO RAPIDS
Providence Park, Portland, Ore.
7 pm ET (MLS LIVE/ESPN3)

Now controlling their own destiny, the Portland Timbers will look to ensure their place in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs on Decision Day when they take on the Colorado Rapids at Providence Park on Sunday afternoon. The Timbers made a big step toward securing a place in the top six in the Western Conference with their 5-2 victory at the LA Galaxy last weekend; now they’re in a position where they can finish anywhere from second to sixth in the division with a win or a draw. The Rapids are simply playing for pride as they bring down the curtain on their 2015 campaign, putting an end to a long winless run at midweek with a 2-0 victory at Sporting Kansas City which had huge implications for the playoff race.

SPORTING KANSAS CITY vs. LA GALAXY
Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan.
7 pm ET (ESPN/ESPN3)

A critical match in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs picture is the feature Western Conference match on Decision Day, when Sporting Kansas City play host to the LA Galaxy on Sunday afternoon at Sporting Park. Sporting still have not secured their place in the postseason, following their 2-0 loss to Colorado Rapids at home at midweek, but they can guarantee a spot simply with a win. The Galaxy can finish anywhere from second to fifth – meaning they can go anywhere from a first-round bye to traveling for a Knockout Round match at midweek – coming off a 5-2 defeat by the Portland Timbers at StubHub Center last weekend.

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS vs. HOUSTON DYNAMO
BC Place, Vancouver, B.C.
7 pm ET (TSN2/MLS LIVE/ESPN3)

A crucial match in the final makeup of the Western Conference placing for the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs takes place at BC Place on Decision Day when Vancouver Whitecaps FC play host to the Houston Dynamo. Whitecaps FC have already secured their ticket to the postseason, but they can still finish anywhere from first place to sixth in the division, their league winless streak extended to five games last time out in a 2-0 loss at FC Dallas. The Dynamo saw their playoff dreams put to an end last weekend, reaching a 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC at BBVA Compass Stadium.

FC DALLAS vs. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Tex.
7 pm ET (MLS LIVE)

The meeting between FC Dallas and the San Jose Earthquakes will have massive implications for both clubs’ playoff hopes when the teams meet in their Decision Day decider Sunday at Toyota Stadium. FCD has already clinched first place in the Western Conference following their 1-0 win at Real Salt Lake last week, but will anxiously watching the New York Red Bulls outcome as they chase the first Supporters’ Shield in club history. The Quakes are still alive for a playoff berth following their 1-0 win against Sporting Kansas City last weekend, entering the weekend sitting a point below the red line in the West.

CHICAGO FIRE vs. NEW YORK RED BULLS
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.
October 25, 2015 (WEEK 34, MLS Game #333)
7 p.m. ET (MLS LIVE)

While it’s the only Decision Day match that will not have a direct bearing on the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs lineup, there are still massive implications ahead when the Chicago Fire play host to the New York Red Bulls on Sunday at Toyota Park. The Red Bulls have already clinched the top overall seed in the Eastern Conference, but now have the Supporters’ Shield ahead of them, which they can claim by matching or bettering the FC Dallas result vs. San Jose, which is now occurring simultaneously. The Red Bulls are coming off a dominant 4-1 win against Philadelphia Union last weekend, while the Fire, eliminated from playoff contention, ended their road season with a 4-0 loss at D.C. United.

Source: MLSsoccer

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