With four games left in the regular season Sporting KC is on the verge of clinching a berth in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs. Sporting KC (16-7-7) currently sits in first place in the east with 55 points.The Chicago Fire, however, have 53 points and a game in hand having only played 29 games.
Sporting KC will clinch a playoff berth as long as it wins at least one of its final four games. Two wins will give them an automatic spot in the conference finals.
Sporting will visit Chicago this coming week in a game that will likely decide the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Sporting KC has already clinched its first ever berth in the CONCACAF Champions League for next season, and they will be draw out of Pot B as the result of their U.S. Open Cup.