UPDATE: Chivas lost 5-0 to the Galaxy, so never mind. With a win today the Timbers could still clinch on Wednesday with a San Jose loss or tie.
But MLSsoccer.com does not have them on their list of teams that can clinch.
How can the Timbers book their ticket to the playoffs today?
Well, they can't by themselves, but with a little help from Chivas USA they could be in. The Timbers just need four teams to be incapable of matching their point total to lock up a spot in the Western Conference, and Chivas, FC Dallas, and Vancouver (in this scenario with the Timbers winning today) are already in that position.
Here is how they look currently:
The San Jose Earthquakes are at 44 points with three games to play and a maximum of 53 points.
The LA Galaxy are at 45 points with four games to play and a maximum of 57 points.
However, if LA lose to Chivas in today's 2:00 pm match up (which you can watch on UniMas, whatever that is), they will top out at 54 points.
LA plays San Jose next week. If LA wins, the Earthquakes can only get 50 points on the season. In San Jose wins, the Galaxy can only get 51 points on the season. If they tie, the Earthquakes can only get 51 points on the season.
So, a Timbers win today paired with an LA loss puts the Timbers into the playoffs.