MLS Regular Season

Playoff seeding scenarios: Final day

Potential results against LA would each lead to different playoff matchup
Seeding scenarios - Sunday
Seeding scenarios
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The Dynamo will try to close the season with a win at home on Sunday.

The Dynamo play the final game of the entire MLS regular season Sunday night when they host the LA Galaxy at Robertson Stadium, and teams around the league will be watching to learn their playoff fates. The Dynamo will decide their own playoff matchup, however, and can avoid the wildcard round with a win.

Below are the three remaining playoff scenarios for the Dynamo:

Match Preview: Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy

Dynamo looking for top-3 finish in Eastern Conference
Preview: Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy


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The Basics
Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy
Sunday, October 23, 6 p.m. CT
Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX

All-time series: Galaxy lead 8-4-4 (6-4-4 regular season)

Stadium gates open 4:30 p.m.

5,000 Dynamo scarves, courtesy of Greenstar Recycling
Collector's edition Dynamo Stadium magazine
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Dynamo hope to build momentum in regular season finale

Houston expects tough battle from any Galaxy lineup
Dynamo hope to build momentum
Dynamo set for LA


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Brian Ching said he is ready to play on Sunday if called upon.

The Houston Dynamo know what is in front of them Sunday evening when they host the LA Galaxy at 6 p.m. at Robertson Stadium.

With the Philadelphia Union losing Thursday night to the New York Red Bulls, Houston is a win away from nabbing a secure spot in the conference semifinals and avoiding a wildcard game.

While winning will grant Houston passage to the conference semifinal round, the real reward could be gaining continued traction heading into the playoffs. The Dynamo believe they know just how important it is to have momentum heading into the postseason.

Dynamo look back as Robertson era comes to a close

Home stadium wasn't always perfect, but good times are tough to forget
Robertson era coming to a close
Robertson Stadium


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Brian Ching celebrates with Houston fans in the '07 playoff win against FC Dallas.

Amid the excitement of an impending playoffs and a new stadium progressing at light speed, the Houston Dynamo’s final home regular season home game at Robertson Stadium is upon them. And it’s a home that, while not the most modern of abodes, is where the Dynamo established their club as a permanent part of the Houston sports landscape.

Dynamo will be eager spectators in season's final week

Depending on results, Houston could finish first in East or in final playoff spot
Dynamo will keep eyes on final weekend
Eager Spectators


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The Dynamo will know their potential playoff games prior to Sunday's match.

After a weekend that saw the club notch an impressive 2-0 road victory against the Portland Timbers and then watch three results go their way, the Dynamo know they are going to the playoffs.

But that’s all they know at this point. Depending on how things play out in games between New York and Philadelphia, Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United, and Chicago and Columbus, the Dynamo could finish anywhere from first in the Eastern Conference to last in the wildcard standings.

Road wins come at perfect time

Houston ranks fourth in fewest road losses after shutouts of Dallas, Portland
Perfect timing
Perfect Timing


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The Sept. 24 win over Dallas was part of consecutive road wins.

It turns out the Houston Dynamo have been saving their best for last in regards to their road form.

How Saturday's games helped the Dynamo clinch a playoff spot

Chicago's last-gasp win over D.C. was the final piece of the puzzle
How Houston qualified without playing


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One day after beating Portland, the Dynamo clinched a playoff spot.

Friday night's 2-0 win against Portland felt like it clinched a playoff spot for the Dynamo, but there was still plenty of math, tiebreakers, and scenarios separating Houston from officially being in the postseason.

Dynamo clinch berth in MLS Cup Playoffs

Houston returns to postseason following Friday win over Portland, other results
Back to the Playoffs
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Andre Hainault and the Dynamo officially clinched a postseason berth on Saturday.

The Houston Dynamo clinched a return to the MLS Cup Playoffs on Saturday after other results around the league, coupled with the Dynamo’s 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers on Friday night, officially sealed a postseason berth. Houston will play in the postseason for the fifth time in the club’s six-year history; the Dynamo have won two MLS Cup championships (2006, 2007) and played in three conference championship games (2006, 2007, 2009).

Dynamo 2, Portland 0 -- postgame notes

First back-to-back road wins since '09, Bruin sets rookie appearance record, and more
HOU 2, POR 0 -- postgame notes
Postgame notes
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Bobby Boswell and the Houston defense kept a shutout for the second straight road game.

The Houston Dynamo moved into second place in the Eastern Conference and opened up a six-point gap in the race for a playoff spot with a 2-0 road win over the Portland Timbers Friday night at a sold-out JELD-WEN Field. Although Houston cannot mathematically clinch a playoff spot this weekend, the Dynamo now lead Portland by six points and D.C. United by eight points as Houston tries to reach the postseason for the fifth time in the club’s six-year history.

No regrets for Hainault after goal and win

Rested after turning down call-up, Hainault scores first goal of 2011 in 2-0 win
The right call
The right call


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Andre Hainault scored his first goal in almost a year to help Houston to a 2-0 win.

Houston Dynamo defender Andre Hainault made a difficult decision last week to turn down a Canadian national team call-up to focus on his club’s playoff chase. The decision paid off Friday night, as Hainault scored a pivotal 36th-minute goal to give Houston a crucial advantage in a 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers. It’s a win that could well have booked the club’s passage to the MLS Cup Playoffs.

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