If we win out, how high can we go? Can we get a 1st round bye?
No. NYC is on 57 and Atlanta on 54. The best RBNY can do is 53. They could take 3rd with a full on Philadelphia implosion, but Philly would either need to drop all four of their matches, or pick up a single point and get beaten badly in the other three.
I really like having Rza in the attacking midfield role when the team is pressing and wreaking havoc like this. It's not quite the same thing tactically, but similar to when Marsch would deploy Adams as a high destroyer. Rza is a bit of a wrecking ball up there, but he also has enough vision and skill to play a quick, attacking ball.
Portland is also a perfect team to play against in this way.