Tie essentially eliminates Earthquakes from playoff picture

Julio Cortez/APU.S. soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann was pleased by his team’s performance in the World Cup

Julio Cortez/APU.S. soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann was pleased by his team’s performance in the World Cup

The Los Angeles Galaxy clinched a playoff berth with a scoreless draw against the Earthquakes on Sunday night.

The Galaxy (15-11-7) are third in the Western Conference, two points behind Portland and one back of Real Salt Lake. They are at Seattle in their final regular-season game next Sunday night.

The Earthquakes (13-11-9) are sixth in the West, three points behind Seattle and Colorado. Seattle has already secured a playoff spot because it has two more wins, the first tiebreaker to determine playoff spots, than the Earthquakes. The top five teams in each conference make the playoffs.

The Earthquakes could still tie Colorado with 51 points and 14 wins if San Jose wins this week and Colorado loses. That would force the playoff to be determined by the second tiebreaker, which is goals scored. Unfortunately for San Jose, Colorado has a seemingly insurmountable lead of 12 in that category.

Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez returned to the lineup for the Galaxy, who had one good scoring chance, with Marcelo Sarvas forcing a leaping stop from San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch after Robbie Rogers’ cross caromed to him in the 83rd minute.

The Earthquakes wrap up the MLS regular season on Saturday when they host FC Dallas.

— Staff, wire reportsoccer

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