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MLS Forecaster: 2016 Playoff projections

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MLS Forecaster: 2016 Playoff projections

Can FC Dallas hang on to win the Supporters' Shield without Mauro Diaz?

Sunday is Decision Day in Major League Soccer, as the final 10 games of the regular season kick off simultaneously at 4 p.m. ET.

A major trophy is at stake, as is a knockout-round bye in the East, and four playoff spots are not yet determined, setting the proverbial stage for plenty of final-day drama.

Here's what remains up for grabs, the scenarios for various clinchings and the likelihood of each event happening, courtesy of ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI):


 By Jason Davis

Portland battling for post-season chance; Sporting KC in with a win's Susannah Collins and Matt Doyle take a look at two of the most valuable MLS players on and off the field.

With the final playoff spots in Major League Soccer on the line on Decision Day, Jason Davis takes a look at four storylines to watch.

Plenty at stake for Portland on Decision Day

The final Cascadia rivalry match of the season pits the Whitecaps -- whose season will end with the match no matter the outcome -- against the desperate Timbers. The defending league champs are trying to claw their way into the playoffs on the back of a late-season push that has been a story of feast or famine. In their...

Portland, Sporting KC, Real Salt Lake, Seattle battle for three playoff spots

Susannah Collins and Calen Carr discuss Didier Drogba's absence, playoff berths and Mauro Diaz's injury.
Real Salt Lake and Sporting KC played out a 0-0 draw last weekend that leaves both teams fighting for a playoff spot.

This season, the Decision Day drama will be focused entirely on the Western Conference.

OK, technically there is one playoff spot up for grabs in the East, with the New England Revolution still having a chance of catching the Philadelphia Union. But it's orders of magnitude worse than a Lloyd in "Dumb and Dumber" kind of chance. The Union would need to lose at home to the New York Red Bulls while the Revs would have to win at home against the Montreal Impact and since the two teams would then...

 By Jason Davis

Real Salt Lake, Sporting KC seek to reach playoffs; Seattle to miss Alonso

Major League Soccer: Osvaldo Alonso (63') Seattle Sounders 0-0 Houston Dynamo

Just two weeks of the MLS regular-season remains, and Jason Davis previews the biggest matches and storylines in the penultimate week of 2016 action.

RSL, SKC seek to cement playoff places

On a weekend filled with games with big playoff implications, Real Salt Lake hosting Sporting Kansas City feels like one of the biggest matches on the schedule. RSL isn't officially in the postseason and will follow up their home match against Sporting with a visit to Seattle; the chance to grab the points...