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MLS Standings 2012: FC Dallas still sixth in Western Conference

FC Dallas currently sits at sixth in the Western Conference table, just outside the playoff picture.

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MLS Standings: FC Dallas losing playoff hopes

FC Dallas were in control of some of their own destiny against Chivas USA, but ended up losing ground to the Vancouver Whitecaps and are still in sixth place in the Western Conference.

Blas Perez gave Dallas an early lead over the Goats in their third-to-last game of the season, but they couldn't find a second goal all game and gave up a late equalizer, coming close to losing in the end as Chivas peppered them with shots of their own.

Getting only the one point from that game instead of three made the playoff scenario simple: Dallas must get two straight results of some sort or they're out. With two games to go, they are four points behind the suddenly upstart Vancouver Whitecaps. Vancouver must lose at least one of their final two games while Dallas must get points in both of theirs to at least force it to go to tiebreakers.

Dallas will finish their season against the Seattle Sounders before finishing with another match against Chivas USA. Vancouver will play the Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake in their final two games of the season.


FC Dallas remain in striking distance of playoffs

Despite playing to a 3-3 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, FC Dallas are still in a position to make a playoff run.

FC Dallas currently trails the Vancouver Whitecaps by two points in the Western Conference for the fifth and final playoff spot. Both FC Dallas and Vancouver have three games remaining in their regular seasons.

San Jose, Real Salt Lake, the Seattle Sounders FC and the Los Angeles Galaxy have already clinched playoff berths in the Western Conference.

Sporting Kansas City is the only club to have locked up a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, with 58 points. The New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire are in good shape with 53 points, while D.C. United sits in fourth at 51. The Houston Dynamo are clinging to the fifth playoff spot by just one point with 49, as the Columbus Crew are in sixth with 48.

FC Dallas will look to gain ground this weekend, when they take on Chivas USA.

A full view of the standings can be found at the MLS' official website.

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