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Where Do the Revolution Stand in the 2015 MLS Cup Playoff Picture?

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Breaking down the Revs' (complicated) MLS Cup playoff scenarios

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While vying for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, the Revolution failed to fend off Philadelphia (Sept. 26) and Chicago (Oct. 3), two clubs playing for nothing more than pride. The Revs' two-week slide has dropped the club into the third playoff spot behind rivals New York and D.C. United. With two matches left to play, Jay Heaps' team could finish as high as second—or as low as seventh, one spot out of the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Here's where the Revs stand heading into their final weekend of rest.

Eastern Conference Playoff Standings
# Club GP PTS W L D
1 x - New York Red Bulls 31 54 16 9 6
2 x - D.C. United 32 48 14 12 6
3 New England Revolution 32 47 13 11 8
4 Columbus Crew SC 32 47 13 11 8
5 Toronto FC 31 46 14 13 4
6 Montreal Impact 31 42 12 13 6
7 y - Orlando City SC 32 41 11 13 8
8 z - New York City FC 32 37 10 15 7

x - clinched playoff spot, y - not currently in playoff position, z - eliminated from playoff contention

Updated Playoff Picture

Byes to Conference Semifinals: New York Red Bulls, D.C. United

Conference Knockout-Round Matches: New England Revolution, Columbus Crew SC, Toronto FC, Montreal Impact

If the season ended today, the Revolution would host the Impact at Gillette Stadium for a knockout-round match.

Rest of Season Outlook

If the Revs earn 6 points in their last 2 matches...

The club will finish no lower than 4th, guaranteeing nothing less than a home playoff match. With a little bit of help, however, the Revs can still claim a first-round bye. In this scenario, the Revs would need to beat D.C. United, Toronto and Columbus in the standings, or win a tiebreaker in the event of a draw in the standings (tiebreakers, in order: number of wins, goal differential, goals for).

Expected finish in this scenario: first-round bye or knockout game host

If the Revs earn 4 or 3 points in their last 2 matches...

The club will still clinch a playoff berth, but could finish as low as 6th, if Montreal wins its remaining 3 matches. In all likelihood, the Revs would still host a knockout-round playoff game, with a best-case scenario of playing the 6 seed. Once again, the club could still clinch a bye—it would just need extensive help from D.C. United, Columbus and Toronto.

Expected finish in this scenario: knockout game host

If the Revs earn 2 points or 1 point in their last 2 matches...

The club will still clinch a playoff berth, but would need help from Columbus, D.C. United and Toronto to host a knockout-stage playoff game. In this scenario, the Revs would likely finish 5th or 6th.

Expected finish in this scenario: knockout game visitor

If the Revs earn 0 points in their last 2 matches...

The club runs the risk of not making the playoffs, though the scenario is unlikely. Orlando City would need to win its remaining two matches and make up a 10-goal differential with the Revolution. In a more plausible situation, the Revs would visit the 3 or 4 seed for a knockout-round playoff match.

Expected finish in this scenario: knockout game visitor

For a complete list of playoff procedures, including tie-breaker rules, visit MLSSoccer.com.