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2012 MLS Standings: Dynamo clinch playoff berth

The Houston Dynamo have clinched a berth in the 2012 MLS Playoffs.

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Dynamo finish in fifth place in Eastern Conference

The 2012 MLS playoff picture has been wrapped up, and the Houston Dynamo are going to participate in postseason soccer.

Houston lost its final regular season contest, 2-0, to the Colorado Rapids. Houston, consequently, finishes in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, winning the fifth and final playoff spot.

Sporting Kansas City leads the Eastern Conference with 63 points. D.C. United is in second with 58 points, while the New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire both have 57 points.

In the Western Conference, the San Jose Earthquakes have clinched the top seed and the Supporters Shield, which is awarded to the team with the top regular season record. Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders FC, the LA Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps round out the top five in the Western Conference, and represent the five Western Conference playoff teams.

Houston will take on the Chicago Fire in the MLS playoffs on Wednesday at Toyota Park.

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MLS standings: Dynamo clinch playoff spot

The penultimate week of Major League Soccer play finished up the playoff picture, and the Houston Dynamo earned the final spot in the East during the push.

Houston went into the weekend needing to win over Philadelphia to control their destiny, and they earned a 3-1 victory over the Union at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Columbus Crew couldn't hold on against DC United, losing 3-2, and the Dynamo were guaranteed a playoff berth with Columbus sitting four points out.

The Dynamo can finish anywhere from fifth to third in the playoff chase depending on how the final week goes. They sit one point behind the New York Red Bulls and three behind the Chicago Fire. If both of those teams lose and the Dynamo win in the final weekend of the regular season, Houston could push above both of them to sit behind Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United.

At the very least, we know that the Dynamo will get a shot to defend their 2011 Eastern Conference title this season.

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2012 MLS Standings: Houston Dynamo in 5th

The Houston Dynamo remained in fifth place in the Eastern Conference following last weekend's results in Major League Soccer. They managed to only get a draw against the Montreal Impact in their game over the weekend, but some other results went their way, though several games mostly just served to shuffle teams ahead of them.

Either way, they ended up still rooted in the fifth and final playoff spot in the East. The most pressing concern was the Columbus Crew drawing against East-leading Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, which kept the Crew within spitting distance of the playoff picture. Columbus sits on 49 points, while the Dynamo have 50. Both teams have two games remaining, with Columbus facing a moderately easy schedule featuring a DeRo-less DC United and the lowly Toronto FC.

Houston's final two games will see them play the Philadelphia Union and the Colorado Rapids as they try to stay in playoff contention before the regular season ends so they can defend their status as 2011's Eastern Conference champions.

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