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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—After the September international break, Atlanta United resumes play this week. The team is currently two points shy of the playoff line in the ninth position in the Eastern Conference standings with 40 points. Atlanta United has a chance to earn six points and go to the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs with two games left in the regular season.
Here, we outline what Atlanta United must accomplish to get to the playoffs. Then, we’ll examine the situations that could occur and the outcomes that, with two games left, could affect Atlanta United’s standing. First, let’s look at what’s at stake this weekend.

Two contests could have an impact on Atlanta United’s prospects of making the playoffs:
Toronto FC vs. Inter Miami CF on Friday, September 30
New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew on October 1
Atlanta United won’t be eliminated from the postseason race until at least October 5 if it defeats the New England Revolution on Saturday.

Atlanta United is disqualified from the playoffs if they draw against New England with:

EITHER Columbus Crew OR Inter Miami win
Losing to New England eliminates Atlanta United from postseason contention with:
Columbus Crew victory OR a draw for Inter Miami
If Atlanta United wins its final two games and accumulates six points:

CLINCH in any of the five situations listed below:

Orlando receives no points against Columbus Crew, Inter Miami CF, and New York City FC.
Cincinnati wins by one point or less when playing against Chicago, Seattle, and Washington. United
Miami picks up 3 points or fewer against CF Montréal, Orlando City, and Toronto FC.
Columbus defeats New York Red Bulls, Charlotte FC, and Orlando City while earning four points or less.
Against Philadelphia Union, Columbus Crew, and the New York Red Bulls, Charlotte scores 7 points or less.

ANY THREE OF THE FOLLOWING SCENARIOS WILL ELIMINATE Atlanta United:

Orlando picks up 1 point in 3 contests.
Cincinnati scores two points in three contests.
Miami earns 4 points in just 3 contests.
Columbus earns 5 points in 3 games.
3 games bring 9 points for Charlotte.
If Atlanta United wins its final two games and accumulates four points (eliminating the New England Revolution):

CLINCH in every situation

Miami wins by one point or less compared to Montréal, Orlando City, and Toronto.
Columbus defeats New York Red Bulls, Charlotte FC, and Orlando City while earning two points or less.
Charlotte scores five points or less against Philadelphia Union, Columbus Crew, and New York Red Bulls.

ELIMINATED under any circumstance:

Miami earns two points in three contests.
Three games and three points for Columbus
3 games bring 6 points for Charlotte.
If Atlanta United wins its final two games and accumulates three points:

CLINCH in every situation

Miami loses ground to opponents in Toronto, Orlando City, and Montréal.
Against New York Red Bulls, Charlotte FC, and Orlando City, Columbus wins by one point or less.
Charlotte defeats Philadelphia Union, Columbus Crew, and the New York Red Bulls while earning 4 points or less.
New England loses to Chicago in a tie (on October 9)
OR on October 1, Atlanta United defeats New England

ELIMINATED under any circumstance:

Miami scores 1 point in 3 contests.
3 games and 2 points for Columbus
Charlotte scores five points in three contests.
New England earns 6 points in 2 games.
If Atlanta United finishes its final two games with two points or fewer:
The team will be DROPPED from the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2022.