Two things need to happen for the Red Bulls to clinch an MLS Cup playoff berth Wednesday night.
They need to defeat the New England Revolution and have Inter Miami CF lose or draw against FC Dallas.
The Red Bulls (7-8-5, 26 points) are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The top 10 clubs will qualify for the postseason in the East. The Revs (7-5-8, 29) are in eighth place in the East while Inter Miami CF (6-11-3) sits in the 10th and final playoff spot.
The playoffs will consist of single-elimination matches hosted by the higher-seeded team and will follow a straight bracket format through the MLS Cup Dec. 12.
Eighteen clubs will compete in the postseason: 10 from East, 8 from West
Western Conference: Top 8 teams qualify directly to Round 1
Eastern Conference: Only the top 6 seeds qualify directly to Round 1. Seeds 7-10 will each compete in a play-in match:
No. 7 seed vs. No. 10 seed
No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 seed
Lowest seed play-in winner advances to face No. 1 seed in the East
Highest seed play-in winner advances to face No. 2 seed in the East