2012 MLS Standings: Red Bulls Third In East, San Jose Still Atop West

There are only four games left in the MLS season for the New York Red Bulls to improve their playoff positioning. New York is currently tied with D.C. United for third place in the Eastern Conference, but ahead of D.C. on goals.

Heading into the final month of the season, Hans Backe's New York squad is three points out of second place and just five from the top of the Eastern Conference. The Red Bulls are four points ahead of fifth-place Houston.

The Red Bulls are coming off of a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution on Saturday in which they were without star Designated Player Thierry Henry because of a one-game suspension for violent conduct committed against Sporting Kansas City.

Out west, the San Jose Earthquakes continue to be the class of MLS, leading both the Western Conference as well as the league-wide race for the Supporters' Shield with 60 points. The LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake are bunched behind San Jose, the three teams separated by just one point for second through fourth place.

Full standings for both conferences are below. The top five teams in each conference make the playoffs.

Eastern Conference

1. Sporting Kansas City (55)

2. Chicago Fire (53)

3. New York Red Bulls (50)

4. D.C. United (50)

5. Houston Dynamo (46)

6. Columbus Crew (45)

7. Montreal Impact (40)

8. Philadelphia Union (30)

9. New England Revolution (29)

10. Toronto FC (22)

Western Conference

1. San Jose Earthquakes (60)

2. LA Galaxy (49)

3. Real Salt Lake (49)

4. Seattle Sounders FC (48)

5. Vancouver Whitecaps (38)

6. FC Dallas (36)

7. Colorado Rapids (30)

8. Portland Timbers (29)

9. Chivas USA (28)

Stick with SB Nation New York for previews, scores and more from the New York Red Bulls 2012 season, and for all things Red Bulls, head over to Once A Metro. You can also head over to SB Nation's Soccer Hub for more MLS coverage.

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