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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

2017/2018 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
3 Seattle 13 11 9 50
4 Kansas City 12 13 8 49
5 Houston 12 11 10 47
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 By Matt Pentz

Vancouver Whitecaps, Sporting Kansas City face a nervous Decision Day

Matt Besler discusses Sporting Kansas City's mindset as they continue to push for a playoff spot.

A few weeks ago, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Sporting Kansas City were safe bets to snag the top two seeds (and the valuable first-round byes) in Major League Soccer's Western Conference. Each team was playing consistently well, at least by the standards of this ramshackle West, and each held bonus matches in their respective hands.

Ahead of Decision Day (whip-around coverage starting at 4 p.m. EST on Sunday on ESPN/WatchESPN), circumstances have shifted.

The 'Caps still technically top the table...

Houston Dynamo beat Sporting KC to solidify playoff spot

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Erik Palmer-Brown's late own goal broke the deadlock and sealed a 2-1 Houston win over Sporting KC.

Tomas Martinez scored in the 63rd minute and his free kick in the 77th led to an own goal, helping the Houston Dynamo beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Houston moved within one point of a third-place tie with Portland and Seattle in the Western Conference. Second-place Sporting KC needed at least a draw to secure a playoff spot.

Only Vancouver, three points ahead of Sporting KC, has secured a playoff spot in the West.

Martinez tied it at one by volleying home a deflected cross and...