2012 MLS Playoffs: Previews and Seeding Scenarios for Each Team

It's that time of year again. With only a few matches left to be played in the regular season, the Major League Soccer Cup playoffs are quickly approaching.

The new playoff format stresses the seeding of teams in each conference. The fourth and fifth seeds must play a single-elimination play-in game to advance to the Conference Semifinals.

In addition, with the Conference Finals now being a two-legged, aggregate series, having home-field advantage in the second leg will be a boost for whichever team is seeded higher.

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of current playoff seedings and how they may change in the final weekend of the season.

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