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MLS: 3 more teams clinch playoff berths

Major League Soccer's first two results Saturday afternoon produced three playoff qualifiers.

Sporting Kansas City, Philadelphia and Colorado clinched postseason berths, leaving six teams battling for three slots -- and two of those slots could be taken by the end of the day.

Columbus (12-12-8) will join the party with a victory at New England, and Houston (11-9-13) would come along if Chicago beats or ties D.C. United, too.

The regular season ends next weekend. The top three teams in each division are seeded into the eight-team bracket, with the next four teams, regardless of conference, advancing to a one-game wild card. The wild-card winners meet the conference champions.

K.C. (12-9-12), returning to the playoffs after a two-year absence, grabbed the Eastern Conference lead with a 2-0 romp over New York aided by a ridiculous red card to Thierry Henry. The Red Bulls (9-8-16) are 10th in the overall standings, three points ahead of Portland in the fight for the final berth.

Second-year club Philadelphia (11-7-15) clinched with a 1-1 draw against Toronto FC. Defending MLS Cup champion Colorado (11-9-13) got in with Sporting's victory.

Seattle (16-7-9) clinched the No. 2 slot in the Western Conference with the Colorado-Real Salt Lake draw Friday.

Chicago (7-9-16) will be eliminated with a loss or tie Saturday at D.C. United (9-11-11), which also is in the race.

Here's what the postseason race looks like:

In the playoffs:

1. *W1-Galaxy 64 points (ceiling 70)

2. *W2-Seattle 57 (63)

3. W3-Real Salt Lake 52 (55)

4. WC1-FC Dallas 49 (55)

5. E1-Sporting Kansas City 48 (51)

6. E2-Philadelphia 48 (51)

7. WC2-Colorado 46 (49)

In the top 10:

8. E3-Houston 46 (49)

9. WC3-Columbus 44 (50)

10. WC4-New York 43 (46)

In the mix:

11. Portland 40 (46)

12. D.C. United 38 (47)

13. Chicago 37 (43)

Eliminated:

14. Chivas USA 36 (42)

15. San Jose 35 (41)

16. Toronto FC 32 (35)

17. Vancouver 28 (34)

18. New England 27 (33)

W -- Western Conference; E -- Eastern Conference; WC -- Wild card; * -- clinched position