The LA Galaxy control their own destiny at the moment. (Getty Images)

Wednesday we looked at where each Eastern Conference club stands at reaching the post season. Today, we head out to the Western Conference.

So I won’t waste any more time here with introductions. Here is what each Western Conference team has left and how many points I think each has left in them.

Chivas USA – 8 games remaining (5 home, 3 away) 

Notes: I nearly put an asterisk on the away side, they do have a “road” game against the Galaxy coming up. Still, Chivas has a lot of home games left on the table and plenty of time to get themselves into the playoff mix. Last night they didn’t do themselves any favors by losing at Portland but the road they have left shouldn’t seem too terrible for Chivas fans out there.

Their other two road games left are at Chicago and DC. Not bad really considering the game with the Fire is likely a draw and they can probably squeeze the same at RFK Stadium.

Their home schedule remaining isn’t that bad either. They host RSL, DC, Philadelphia, Seattle and Toronto. You have to figure they should be able to at least get seven to nine points out of their home games. As long as they get draws on the road that will push them to right around 42-44 points. In some cases that should get them in, though just barely.

Possible points remaining: 24 points

Likely remaining points: 10 points

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Colorado Rapids – 7 games remaining (4 home, 3 away) + 4 CCL games

Notes: The Rapids have a fairly comfortable position right now, but it all comes down to whether or not they take a leap forward into one of the three automatic births from the West (stealing it from Seattle or Dallas) or if they just remain content to the top wildcard spot.

Still with three on the road plus the CCL games I’d expect the Rapids to just get enough points to clinch and be happy here. I’ve said for a few months that I don’t see them repeating as MLS Cup champions this year but I do think they’ll make it interesting.

They host San Jose, LA, Dallas and Salt Lake –  three of those are going to be big final home games in the regular season to deal with. I do think they’ll get points out of those three games but they have to get ones on the road here if they expect to get one of the three auto-bids. They have to go to Vancouver, Toronto and Chicago – three very winnable games for the Rapids.

Possible points remaining: 21 points

Likely remaining points: 16 points

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FC Dallas – 8 games remaining (3 home, 5 away) + 4 CCL games + USOC game(s) + 1 friendly

Notes: Boy there certainly is a lot left on the table for Dallas. As rough as this month has been for them with all the travel at least September gets a little more favorable. Out of the seven matches next month for the Hoops, five of them are at Pizza Hut Park. With a nice lead that they’ve already built in the CCL, I’d expect that Schellas Hyndman will do his part to get his team into the knockout round but also conserve some players for the stretch run.

Of those three league games at home they host New York, Vancouver and Houston. All winnable when you look at things at the moment. Of their road trips left they go to KC, San Jose, Chicago, New England and Colorado. As long as the club doesn’t pick up too many more injuries and David Ferreira is able to come back form his injury, Dallas should have no problem getting one of the three automatic bids out of the West.

Possible points remaining: 24 points

Likely remaining points: 15 points

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LA Galaxy – 8 games remaining (4 home, 4 away) + 5 CCL games

Notes: The Supporter’s Shield is LA’s to lose yet again this season. At 51 points, they are currently six clear of the next club in line (Seattle). The four home games should help counter the travel that LA has to do in the CCL (three of their last four are on the road). More than likely the Galaxy will go young on those trips and save some of their big guns for the league games.

LA should see points from their four home games against Chivas, RSL, Vancouver and Colorado. As far as their road trips they have New York this weekend, then Columbus, Houston and KC.

Again, the Shield is their’s to lose.

Possible points remaining: 24 points

Likely remaining points: 16 points

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Portland Timbers – 8 games remaining (3 home, 5 away)

Notes: They did themselves a huge favor last night by scoring three big points in a home win against Chivas. With only three home games left, they absolutely have to cash in all of those nine points, plus some road points to get into the playoffs.

It won’t be that easy though. They host Houston, New England and San Jose. Three games they should get points in anyways. But having to travel to New York, Philadelphia, DC and Vancouver won’t be as easy. I think they can pick up some points on the road though, but will it be enough? I see two of those road games as doable but some others, not so much.

Possible points remaining: 24 points

Likely remaining points: 11 points

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Real Salt Lake – 11 games remaining (4 home, 7 away)

Notes: Seeing how RSL has lost four of their last five and those came on the road, this remaining schedule looks brutal. They should still make the playoffs but at some point they have to step it up on the road and cash in these games-in-hand that they have on everyone else.

Taking a look at those four home games, you have to figure they’ll get the points there. They host Philly, KC, Chicago and Portland. Not exactly easy games but considering teams rarely play well at Rio Tinto it should be at least 10 points there. That would be them at 46 points, probably enough to get them into the playoffs.

Out of their remaining road games, they do have chances for points. They go to Chivas, Seattle, NY, DC, LA, Vancouver and Colorado. Three tough places to go but four others that they should get at least a draw at. But nothing is certain right now with this club so it will be a battle for them to get into one of the three automatic bids from the West at this point.

Possible points remaining: 33 points

Likely remaining points: 16 points

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San Jose Earthquakes – 9 games remaining (3 home, 6 away)

Notes: Ouch, the Quakes have no luck right now with their remaining schedule. Only three games left at Buck Shaw Stadium and they come against tough teams like Dallas and KC. They do get Chicago in town for a meeting but two of those three aren’t gimmes at all.

Those six road games will easily make or break the Quakes here for their slim playoff chances. Frank Yallop’s side has to go to Toronto, Houston, Portland, Colorado, New England and Seattle. Very tough go of things to end the season if you ask me.

Possible points remaining: 27 points

Likely remaining points: 6 points

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Seattle Sounders FC – 8 games remaining (5 home, 3 away) + 4 CCL games + USOC game(s)

Notes: If any club is going to pressure the Galaxy for the Supporter’s Shield it has to be this Sounder club. They may have a thick schedule with the CCL and USOC but we know they are hunting for trophies this season. With plenty of home games left, the Sounders are in a great spot at the moment.

They host Columbus, RSL, DC, Philly and San Jose. I’d say at least three of those are winnable games if not all five of them. They could have a couple draws in there. Still, very doable.

On the road Sigi Schmid’s club has to go to Chivas, New England and Vancouver. Not exactly a murder’s row of away games. The only tricky part will be with the CCL. At one point they go from Vancouver to Guatemala to New England.

Possible points remaining: 24 points

Likely remaining points: 18 points

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Vancouver Whitecaps – 9 games remaining (6 home, 3 away)

Notes: It sounds nice and it certainly will get better with BC Place opening up in October but we really can go ahead and call the Caps a spoiler club and not a contender here. Say they max out on their remaining points, it would bring their total to 45 on the season, which should be enough to get in. But what are the chances that Vancouver goes 9-0-0 to finish the year?

But let’s see who they have left. They host Houston, Seattle, RSL, Portland, DC, and Colorado. All clubs competing for a playoff spot at the moment. Those last four are at BC Place by the way.

Of their three road games they go to LA, NY and Dallas. Nothing easy about that either.

Possible points remaining: 27 points

Likely remaining points: 6 points