With the New York Red Bulls’ 2-0 victory over the league-leading Los Angeles Galaxy, the MLS Eastern Conference playoff race tightened another notch:
Sporting Kansas City 45 points from 32 matches (New York, at DCU)
Philadelphia Union 44 points from 31 (at Seattle, Toronto, at N.Y.)
Columbus Crew 44 points from 32 (at New England, at Chicago)
New York Red Bulls 43 points from 32 (at K.C., Philadelphia)
Houston Dynamo 43 points from 32 (at Portland, L.A.)
The wild card (no pun intended) in all of this is D.C. United (38 points from 30 matches), which has played two fewer games than everyone except Philadelphia. United finishes at Vancouver and home against Chicago, Portland and Kansas City.
Reminder: The top three will receive automatic playoff berths, the rest will be tossed into the wild-card race with Western Conference clubs.