Playoff implications are huge this weekend in MLS.
There are plenty of matchups that will help decide playoff spots this weekend. Dallas hosts Seattle, San Jose and Houston square of, and Vancouver takes on Columbus. Those aren’t the only big matchups this weekend. All across the country big matches are being played. Here are three big things to watch this weekend.
Could Vancouver Really Win the West?
This weekend won’t decide that, especially when the Whitecaps have four of their last five on the road. If they want to keep that spot on top, Vancouver more than likely needs three points out of this matchup against Columbus.
The Crew are fighting in the middle of the playoff race in the East, so the matchup is certainly an interesting one. Vancouver’s schedule makes their chase for the top a tough one, and it starts with this week. The Whitecaps are one of the better road teams in the league, but homefield advantage in the playoffs is something every team wants.
San Jose and Houston are Playing the Biggest Game This Weekend.
Right now San Jose is two points back of Houston and the Dynamo have a game in hand. If San Jose is going to make a move into the playoffs it’s going to happen right now. The Earthquakes are hoping to gain ground, or even pass both Texas teams this weekend right into fifth place.
For Houston, getting past those road woes will put them in great shape for the playoffs. Getting up five points with a game in hand is great. Knowing that four of their last six are at home makes it even bigger for the Dynamo. A win at Avaya Stadium means they could move their sights to hosting a knockout round game, and you know how important that is to Houston.
How High does Atlanta Climb?
First thing is first, Atlanta isn’t catching Toronto. They’re eight points behind NYCFC with two games in hand. Is that possible? Unlikely, but possible. Atlanta would need at least 15 points from their last six home games. Another road win and some help might do it.
One thing is for sure though, they look insanely hard to beat at home though, and with their remaining schedule they look likely to rack up enough points to host a knockout round game. Absolutely no one will want to be the away team in that first playoff game at Mercedes Benz Stadium.