When Can the Crew Clinch Playoff Birth?
The Crew have probably already clinched a playoff birth with 8 games remaining. It is in no way official, but the last team in the playoffs has averaged 1.3 points per game over the season for the last 6 seasons. That is 39 points in a 30 game season; just as many as the Crew have now.
For the official clinching, it took until the 25th game last year to clinch a playoff spot last year. The same game in the schedule would be the September 20th game at Chicago. I will try running some numbers after this weeks game to try and judge how close the Crew are to punching their 2nd consecutive ticket to the MLS Playoffs.