D.C. United are into the playoffs after a resounding 3-1 thumping against first-place New York City FC. They've been an above-average team for much of the season, but now D.C. are surging into the postseason in excellent form. They've won their last four matches and haven't lost in six. If the Portland Timbers' unlikely MLS Cup win last year taught us anything, it's that success in the playoffs is all about peaking at the right time. DCU are looking like the team no one will want to face in the playoffs.
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Montreal Impact: Clinched playoffs
The Impact eked into the playoffs with a 2-2 draw against Toronto FC thanks to the Chicago Fire's surprising win over the New England Revolution. The result was enshrouded in a bit of drama after it emerged that Didier Drogba refused to dress after not making the starting XI. Interestingly enough, the Impact have gotten better results without Drogba, and Sunday may have proved that Ignacio Piatti is really Montreal's star man anyway. "Nacho," as he is known, scored both goals Sunday and now Montreal are into the postseason.
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New York Red Bulls: Clinched a knockout bye
With a 3-2 over Columbus, the Red Bulls broke a deadlock with New York City FC for sole possession of first place and a guaranteed bye in the play-in round of the MLS playoffs. The Red Bulls were buoyed by a Bradley Wright-Phillips performance that saw him score twice and move to No. 1 in the Golden Boot race.
The previously clinched teams
If you haven't been following along, several teams already clinched their spots in the playoffs over the past couple weeks. In the Eastern Conference, the New York Red Bulls, New York City FC and Toronto FC are in. In the Western Conference, it's FC Dallas, the Colorado Rapids and the LA Galaxy.
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The previously eliminated teams
No new teams were eliminated on Sunday, but the New England Revolution put themselves in a very dangerous position by losing to the Chicago Fire. Previously eliminated in the Eastern Conference were Chicago, Orlando City and the Columbus Crew. Out West, the eliminated teams so far are the Houston Dynamo, Vancouver Whitecaps and the San Jose Earthquakes.