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Philadelphia Union clinch a playoff berth for the fourth straight season

The Union were off but Saturday results secured their spot in the playoffs with two games left to play in the regular season

Dylan Hickerson

Results in other matches played Saturday night in MLS secured the Philadelphia Union a playoff spot for the fourth straight season and the sixth time in club history.

The New York Red Bulls win over CF Montreal and Columbus Crew’s win over D.C. United clinched the playoff berth for the Union, which moved down to fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 13-11-8 record and 50 points.

“It is a great accomplishment to reach the playoffs, and one that has become a standard for this club,” Union head coach Jim Curtin stated in a news release. “It is expected of this team to advance to the post-season and the work has just begun.”

The Union still have plenty to play for Sunday at home against FC Cincinnati and on the road a week later at Yankee Stadium. A top-four finish in the conference would secure a home game, something they won’t be able to do on Sunday.

“We are now going to fight to keep a top seed in the conference and to get as many home games as possible,” Curtin stated. “We greatly appreciate the fans that have stuck with us all season to get us here. We hear the yelling, cheering, and chanting that has made Subaru Park an electric environment for our players and a formidable one for opponents to play in. They are truly the backbone of this club, and we will continue to work hard to make this city proud.”

The Union are even on points with NYCFC at 50, two points back of second place Nashville SC but only three points clear of fifth place Atlanta United. NYCFC has only one game left against the Union on Nov. 7.