There are only two full weeks of MLS games scheduled before the first round of the playoffs appear. At this point, one would assume the majority of playoff spots would be accounted for but there is a lot of positioning being jockeyed for little time to do so.
The New York Red Bulls are a virtual lock to secure the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, leading Toronto FC by five points with two games remaining. D.C. United, New England Revolution and Columbus Crew are all firmly entrenched in the top-six spots to move onto the MLS’ second season. The sixth and final spot is held by the Montreal Impact at 45 points with only Orlando City in reach, trailing by four points with two to play.
In the Western Conference, the No. 1 seed can be had by either FC Dallas or the Los Angeles Galaxy, but FC Dallas is ahead by three points with two games to play making them the most likely to secure the spot. Three points separate the three through six seeds as Whitecaps FC, Sporting KC, Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers are all holding likely playoff positions, but the order in which they finish is to be determined. San Jose has an outside chance of reaching the playoffs, trailing the Timbers by three points.
With that being said, the three most important games this weekend are Orlando City against NYCFC, San Jose against Sporting KC and the New England Revolution against the Montreal Impact as teams near the playoff cutline try to hold their positions or do their best to slip into the playoffs at the last moments of the season.
According to the secondary ticket market, San Jose Earthquake tickets against Sporting KC are the most expensive of the three with an average price of $76.25 and a get-in price of $41 for entrance into Avaya Stadium. With the Earthquakes trying to sneak into the playoffs, it’s an opportune time to support the team before the season ends. Hipmunk.com has flights to San Jose for an MLS California getaway, which can be wrapped up by reserving a San Jose hotel on Hipmunk starting from $89.
The second most expensive game is Orlando City SC against New York City FC at the Florida Citrus Bowl with an average ticket price of $66.45 and a get-in price of $28. Last but not least, tickets to the New England Revolution against the Montreal Impact has an average price of $63.63 and a get-in price of $44.