The Playoff Forecast: If the season ended today

After a busy weekend in MLS, Real Salt Lake – despite a 3-2 loss in Vancouver – is still in good shape to earn a postseason berth.  With FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo and San Jose Earthquakes all taking losses as well, RSL remains just two points out of a playoff spot and three points out of fifth place in the West.

Here is a look at the remaining scheduled for the teams ahead of RSL in the standings and a brief look at the degree of difficulty with the home records of clubs they will visit away and road records of the clubs they host.

Portland Timbers (12-9-8, 44 points)
9/16 @ Real Salt Lake
9/24 vs. Orlando City SC
9/30 @ San Jose Earthquakes
10/15 vs. DC United
10/22 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Road record of home opponents: 11-23-6, 0.98 PPM
Home record of road opponents: 13-5-9, 1.78 PPM

Seattle Sounders FC (11-7-10, 43 points)
9/16 @ FC Dallas
9/23 @ Real Salt Lake
9/27 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
10/1 @ Philadelphia
10/15 vs. FC Dallas
10/22 vs. Colorado Rapids
Road record of home opponents: 9-23-8, 0.88 points per match
Home record of road opponents: 19-10-13, 1.67 PPM

Sporting Kansas City (10-6-11, 41 points)
9/16 vs. New England Revolution
9/20 vs. New York Red Bulls (Open Cup)
9/24 vs. LA Galaxy
9/30 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
10/7 @ Minnesota United FC
10/11 @ Houston Dynamo
10/15 vs. Houston Dynamo
10/22 @ Real Salt Lake
Road record of home opponents: 11-30-12, 0.85 PPM
Home record of road opponents: 21-11-10, 1.74 PPM

Vancouver Whitecaps FC (12-9-5, 41 points)
9/13 vs. Minnesota United FC
9/16 vs. Columbus Crew SC
9/23 vs. Colorado Rapids
9/27 @ Seattle Sounders FC
9/30 @ Sporting Kansas City
10/7 @ New York Red Bulls
10/15 vs. San Jose Earthquakes
10/22 @ Portland Timbers
Road record of home opponents: 8-39-7, 0.57 PPM
Home record of road opponents: 32-5-17, 2.09 PPM

Houston Dynamo (10-9-8, 38 points)
9/16 @ San Jose Earthquakes
9/23 @ New York City FC
9/27 vs. LA Galaxy
9/30 vs. Minnesota United FC
10/11 vs. Sporting Kansas City
10/15 @ Sporting Kansas City
10/22 vs. Chicago Fire
Road record of home opponents: 11-27-14, 0.90 PPM
Home record of road opponents: 25-3-13, 2.15 PPM

FC Dallas (9-8-10, 37 points)
9/16 vs. Seattle Sounders FC
9/23 @ Minnesota United FC
9/27 vs. Colorado Rapids
9/30 @ Orlando City SC
10/7 @ Colorado Rapids
10/15 @ Seattle Sounders FC
10/22 vs. LA Galaxy
Road record of home opponents: 9-23-9, 0.88 PPM
Home record of road opponents: 26-16-14, 1.64 PPM

San Jose Earthquakes (10-12-6, 36 points)
9/16 vs. Houston Dynamo
9/23 @ D.C. United
9/27 vs. Chicago Fire
9/30 vs. Portland Timbers
10/15 @ Vancouver Whitecaps FC
10/22 vs. Minnesota United FC
Road record of home opponents: 9-30-15, 0.78 PPM
Home record of road opponents: 12-10-6, 1.50 PPM

Real Salt Lake (10-14-5, 35 points)
9/16 vs. Portland Timbers
9/23 vs. Seattle Sounders FC
9/30 @ LA Galaxy
10/15 @ Colorado Rapids
10/22 vs. Sporting Kansas City
Road record of home opponents: 9-19-15, 0.98 PPM
Home record of road opponents: 8-13-6, 1.11 PPM

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