Union Still Looking to Clinch Home Field In First Round of Playoffs
The Union have just 1 regular season game left before the playoffs begin. But despite having already sealed a playoff spot, that game Saturday against New England has huge implications for them. Because Home-Field advantage could be on the line. The Union had a chance to clinch a top 4 seed with a win last Saturday when they played Nashville. But the game ended in a draw.
And for the Union, getting home field is a massive deal. Subaru Park has been among the best Home-Field Advantages for the last several years. The Union have lost just one game there this season. And since 2020 they are 42-4-14 playing at home.
But they still have work to do if they want to clinch home field. The Columbus Crew and the New England Revolution still could pass them in the standings, knocking the Union down to the 5th seed. Both Union and Crew only have one more game, but the Revolution have 2, one of them vs the Union on October 21st. If the Revolution Win or Draw vs Nashville this Saturday, it would set up a pivotal final game on the road for the Union.
If the Union win that final game, they are the 3 seed no matter what. But a draw or loss could complicate things. The Revolution currently trails the Union by 3 points. But a win would tie them with the Union. And even a draw this Saturday would give them a chance to pass the Union with a win. The Crew being just 1 point behind the Union complicates things further.
Luckily the tiebreakers are on the Union’s side. It first goes to total wins, which they currently lead by 1 over the Revolution. The second tiebreaker is goal differential, which they led by 5. So a draw in that final game should be enough to clinch home-field. But we will know more about what they need after the Revolution play on Saturday.