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Playoff Fates: Do or Die Around MLS

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Who will survive the week? Who will be eliminated?

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With only two weeks left in the season, the final playoff standings are falling into place. While the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps continue to jockey for position in final playoff spot in the West, there are ongoing battles in both conferences today for home field advantage, a bye week, or even pole position in the race for the Supporter's Shield.

Here are today's matches:

Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact

Watch it on: Univision Deportes

Kickoff: 11:00 AM PT at BMO Field in Toronto, Canada

Yeah, I am a little late to this one. Work happens. -Will

The battle for Canadian futility supremacy kicks off Saturday's slate of games with Toronto in need of three points to have any hope of making up their current six point deficit behind the 5th place in the Eastern Conference Columbus Crew. Anything less than three points, however, and Toronto are out of the playoffs for the ninth year running.

Montreal, meanwhile, are within three points of catching the San Jose Earthquakes for not-last-place. Of greater import to Timbers' fans, however, is that they could still conceivably pass Colorado, netting the Rapids a better draft pick to send to Portland as a result of the Danny Mwanga trade.

Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas

Watch it on: NBC Sports

Kickoff: 12:00 PM PT at Dick's Sporting Good Park in Commerce City, CO

Neither team here is in desperate need of points. The Rapids are eliminated from playoff contention and are just playing to potentially give the Timbers a worse draft pick, as mentioned above. Dallas have a little more to fight for with Real Salt Like only two points in front as they jockey for home field advantage in the conference semi-finals.

Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City

Watch it on: MLS Live

Kickoff: 4:00 PM PT at PPL Park in Chester, PA

The Union are playing for pride here, but SKC still have quite a bit to gain. Although New England holds the tiebreaker between the two teams, SKC can catch up to them on points here and potentially win control of hosting rights in the conference semi-final.

A collapse for SKC, however, could see the New York Red Bulls or even the Columbus Crew catch them in the standings and force them into the play-in game. A win guarantees they avoid this fate.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire

Watch it on: MLS Live

Kickoff: 4:00 PM PT at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Though it does not look like it to look at the table, DC has been eliminated from contention for the Supporters Shield by dint of the fact that the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders, each five points ahead of DC, play each other twice to close out the year. That is not to say that DC are set in their spot at the top of the East, however. The current leaders need at least a point to guarantee that they stay ahead of New England and four to clinch the conference.

Chicago, for their part, are somewhat remarkable in that they cannot move up or down in the standings in the East.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Watch it on: MLS Live

Kickoff: 7:30 PM PT at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, CA

Lose, Whitecaps. Lose.