MLS Standings 2012: Chicago Fire 2nd In Eastern Conference

BRIDGEVIEW, IL - SEPTEMBER 22: Chris Rolfe #18 of the Chicago Fire celebrates scoring a goal on the Columbus Crew with teammate Patrick Nyarko during the first half of their MLS soccer match at Toyota Park on September 22, 2012 in Bridgeview, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Cardinals 5-4. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

The Chicago Fire are in good shape to make the 2012 MLS playoffs.

The Chicago Fire have had a great September, and with the regular season nearing its end, their timing hardly could have been better. They find themselves in second place in the Eastern Conference with five games to play, and while they certainly can't relax just yet, their odds of making the playoffs are good.

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The Fire are just two points behind first-place Sporting KC, and they have an eight-point cushion on sixth-place Columbus. The top five teams in each conference make the playoffs.

Here's a glance at the current Eastern Conference standings:

# Club PTS GP PPG W L T GF GA GD
1 Sporting Kansas City 55 30 1.83 16 7 7 37 25 12
2 Chicago Fire 53 29 1.83 16 8 5 42 34 8
3 New York Red Bulls 50 30 1.67 14 8 8 50 43 7
4 D.C. United 50 30 1.67 15 10 5 47 39 8
5 Houston Dynamo 46 30 1.53 12 8 10 42 37 5
6 Columbus Crew 45 30 1.5 13 11 6 36 37 -1
7 Montreal Impact 40 31 1.29 12 15 4 44 49 -5
8 Philadelphia Union 30 28 1.07 8 14 6 29 33 -4
9 New England Revolution 29 30 0.97 7 15 8 37 41 -4
10 Toronto FC 22 30 0.73 5 18 7 34 55 -21

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