Eleven of the 12 games to be played on Decision Day have playoff implications.
In the Eastern Conference, all seven playoff teams are locked in, but there could be a change in positioning between No. 2 and No. 3, as well as No. 4 through No. 7. The excitement grows when you look to the Western Conference, where four teams are fighting for the final two berths.
Portland and San Jose square off with each other, while FC Dallas needs a win to get in and Colorado requires help along with three points.
Below is a look at every Decision Day game and how it affects the playoff race. All games are scheduled to kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET.
New England Revolution at Atlanta United
Atlanta controls the No. 2 seed in the East.
With a win at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Five Stripes beat out Philadelphia on the wins tiebreaker and land on the opposite end of the bracket as top seed New York City FC.
New England’s ceiling is sixth place. A road win combined with a Toronto FC loss would move Bruce Arena’s team up from seventh to sixth.
If the Revs win and TFC draws with Columbus, they would have to outscore the Toronto by 10 goals to win the goal-differential tiebreaker. In this situation, both sides would be even on 12 wins.
FC Cincinnati at D.C. United
A win secures a home playoff game at Audi Field for D.C. United. That match could be against rival New York Red Bulls.
Anything other than three points complicates the hosting picture for Ben Olsen’s side. D.C. United would drop to sixth place if it somehow loses to FC Cincinnati and the Red Bulls and Toronto win.
If D.C. loses, the Red Bulls tie Montreal and Toronto stumbles, then Chris Armas’ side earns the No. 4 seed by tiebreaker for number of wins.
New York Red Bulls at Montreal Impact
The Red Bulls need help from FC Cincinnati to earn a postseason contest at Red Bull Arena.
A win over Montreal and a D.C. victory leaves New York in fifth place with a first-round matchup in the nation’s capital. If D.C. loses and the Red Bulls win or draw, Chris Armas’ side lands the No. 4 seed.
A loss or draw could allow Toronto to swoop in for the No. 5 seed. If the Red Bulls and Toronto end level on points, the Red Bulls hold the wins tiebreaker and are ahead by one in goal differential.
New York City FC at Philadelphia Union
Philadelphia needs a win and help from New England to leap over Atlanta for the No. 2 seed.
If the Union don’t get that assistance, a win is still imperative for possible Concacaf Champions League qualification.
If LAFC (Supporters’ Shield), NYCFC (first in East) or Atlanta (U.S. Open Cup) win MLS Cup, the team with the fourth-most points in MLS receives the final CCL bid.
Jim Curtin’s side is two points ahead of Seattle and Minnesota going into Decision Day.
Columbus Crew at Toronto FC
Toronto’s best-case scenario is landing the No. 4 spot and a home playoff game.
However, that is unlikely since D.C. is expected to take care of business versus FC Cincinnati, but strange things have happened on Decision Days past.
With some help from Canadian rival Montreal, the Reds could leapfrog the Red Bulls for the No. 5 spot and a meeting with D.C. on either Oct. 19 or 20.
If D.C., the Red Bulls and Toronto FC all win, then TFC remains in sixth place and in line for a road trip to Philadelphia.
Chicago Fire at Orlando City
No playoff implications. Both teams are eliminated.
Sporting Kansas City at FC Dallas
Three games in the West will decide the final two playoff berths.
FC Dallas sits in seventh place with 45 points, one point ahead of the San Jose Earthquakes and three points above the Colorado Rapids. A victory over already-eliminated Sporting Kansas City puts Luchi Gonzalez’s team in the postseason.
FC Dallas also qualifies with a San Jose loss or draw, or through losses by both San Jose and Colorado. A victory combined with an Earthquakes win sets up FC Dallas with the No. 6 seed. A draw requires a Portland win and Colorado loss, or a draw between San Jose and Portland at Providence Park, which would leave the Quakes one point short.
If Gonzalez’s side somehow loses, it could be in trouble if San Jose pulls out three points from Cascadia. But if the Quakes and Rapids both fall as well, FC Dallas gets in.
San Jose Earthquakes at Portland Timbers
Simply put, this is a win-and-get-in game.
Portland clinches the No. 6 seed and a possible playoff showdown with the Sounders by earning all three points. Last year’s MLS Cup runner-up can also get in by way of a FC Dallas loss or draw.
If Matias Almeyda’s side earns a single point in Oregon, it gets in with losses by FC Dallas and Colorado, or a FC Dallas defeat combined with a Rapids win by one goal over LAFC.
Colorado Rapids at Los Angeles FC
Here’s your Root for Chaos situation.
The Rapids make the playoffs with a win at Banc of California Stadium and losses by FC Dallas and San Jose. They could also make it through a three-goal triumph over LAFC, a FC Dallas loss and a San Jose tie.
If the Rapids win by two goals, FC Dallas loses and San Jose ties, then Robin Fraser’s side gets in because of the goals scored tiebreaker.
LA Galaxy at Houston Dynamo
The LA Galaxy need three points to lock up one of the first-round hosting spots in the West.
A win combined with a draw between Seattle and Minnesota would give the Galaxy in the No. 2 seed and set up a collision course for an El Trafico in the Western Conference final.
A draw and a Real Salt Lake draw would keep the Galaxy in fourth place. A loss and a Real Salt Lake win would send the Galaxy to fifth.
Real Salt Lake at Vancouver Whitecaps
Real Salt Lake could jump as high as third if a certain scenario plays out.
That includes a win, a Galaxy loss or tie to the Houston Dynamo and a loss by either Seattle or Minnesota United. That would land RSL third place with more wins than Sounders or Loons.
If a draw occurs in Seattle and the Galaxy win, RSL will be stuck in the No. 5 position, one point back of the three-way tie on 54 points.
Minnesota United at Seattle Sounders
A draw allows both Minnesota and Seattle to host a playoff game, but they may drop a spot in the standings depending on the Galaxy.
If there is a winner at CenturyLink Field, it gets the No. 2 seed in the West.
The loser could be in danger of dropping to No. 5 if RSL and the Galaxy win because RSL would have one more win if they tied at 53 points.
Both teams will also have an eye on the Union. If Philadelphia ties NYCFC, a Minnesota win would vault them into fourth place in the Supporters’ Shield on goal differential, which would make them the first choice for the Concacaf Champions League if LAFC, NYCFC or Atlanta win MLS Cup.