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NEW YORK RED BULLS

September 20, 2012
WORST-CASE SCENARIO
Red Bulls could be in 4th-place tie, 5 points out of first, by Sunday


Thierry Henry and his Red Bulls teammates face some stiff competition in the Eastern Conference.
Thierry Henry and his Red Bulls teammates face some stiff competition in the Eastern Conference.
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The Red Bulls could very well find themselves in a fourth-place in the Eastern Conference if a number of Major League Soccer results don't go their way from Thursday through Sunday.

In fact, the the Red Bulls could be closer to finishing out of the top five in the conference and out of the playoff picture than catching Sporting Kansas City for the conference crown.

It is a worst-case scenario, but it could happen.

Here is how the MLS standings look as of Thursday morning:

1. Sporting Kansas City (16-7-6, 54 points)

2. Chicago Fire (15-8-5, 50)

3. Red Bulls (14-8-7, 49)

4. Houston Dynamo (12-7-10, 46)

5. Columbus (13-10-6, 45)

6. D.C. United (13-10-5, 45)

Let's assume the following results occur:

* The Red Bulls lose at the New England Revolution on Saturday (they haven't won at Gillette Stadium in more than a decade).

* United wins at the Philaelphia Union on Thursday and at home against Chivas USA on Sunday.

* The Crew wins at Chicago on Saturday.

* Houston wins at Philadelphia on Sunday.

* And let's assume Kansas City prevails at Montreal

This is what the new standings would look like

1. Sporting Kansas City (17-7-6, 57)

2. D.C. United (15-10-5, 51)

3. Chicago Fire (15-9-5, 50)

4. Red Bulls (14-9-7, 49)

-- Houston Dynamo (13-7-10, 49)

6. Columbus Crew (14-10-6, 48)
 
 
 
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