While Crew SC officially clinched a spot in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs on Sept. 30 with a win over D.C. United, Eastern Conference seeding is in full focus. The Nos. 2-5 seeds — including the home-field advantage in the No. 3 vs. 6 and No. 4 vs. 5 Knockout Round matches — have yet to be clinched. In Sunday's other results, No. 2 New York City FC lost 2-1 to the New England Revolution; the No. 3 Chicago Fire downed the Philadelphia Union 3-2; and No. 4 Atlanta United FC survived a scoreless tie against the No. 6 New York Red Bulls.
After Sunday's win, Crew SC cannot finish lower than fifth in the East, while a win at NYCFC along with an Atlanta loss or tie to Toronto FC and a Chicago loss or tie to the Houston Dynamo could see Columbus finish as high as second place with a Decision Day, presented by AT&T, win.
The Black & Gold return to the postseason for the third time in four seasons under Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter.
Decision Day kicks off from Citi Field on Oct. 22 as Crew SC visits New York City FC in the regular-season finale at 4 p.m.