The Eastern Conference playoff teams in Major League Soccer have been decided after this weekend’s action in the league. The seeding has not, but we do know that Sporting KC, D.C. United, Chicago Fire, New York Red Bulls, and Houston Dynamo will be taking part in the postseason. A late D.C. United goal against Columbus made the playoff picture clear as the Crew were the last team eliminated from contention. Also decided was the Supporters’ Shield for most points on the year. The San Jose Earthquake will clinched as the best team in the MLS ahead of their match with L.A. this evening. The Western Conference playoff picture is not settled yet, but it does look like Vancouver will sneak into the last spot. The Whitecaps would clinch with a win against Portland tonight in a match that will also decide the Cascadia Cup.
Get an update on this weekend’s action thus far after the break.
New England 1 – Chicago 0
Washington born Kelyn Rowe set up the only goal for the New England Revolution as they dashed the Chicago Fire’s hope of finishing first in the Eastern Conference. A great defensive performance by the Revs kept the Fire out of sorts. The 20 year-old Rowe found Diego Fagundez for a great finish. New England was the more threatening team in the first half and held off the Fire in the second half. D.C. native Kevin Alston fired one of the bar for the Revs after a combination play with Jerry Bengtson, a Honduras player that the National Team will see next year. The Fire were unable to get striker Chris Rolfe loose the entire match. North Carolina native Clyde Simms did a magical job of defending the Chicago attack.
D.C. United 3 – Columbus 2
A goal by former National Team midfielder Eddie Gaven was not enough to keep Columbus in the playoff hunt. United simply needed a draw to clinch a playoff spot, but added the winning goal in stoppage time on a breakaway by Lewis Neal. The Crew had one goal leads twice in the game, including on the seventh minute Gavin goal, but was unable to hold off D.C. This is the first time in five years that D.C. United makes the playoffs and the first time in four years that the Crew did not. Brandon McDonald added an assist for D.C. United.
Houston 3 – Philadelphia 1
Two late goals helped clinched the playoffs for the Dynamo. Houston scored in the fifth minute only to see the Union tie the match 15 minutes later. Youth National Team player Jack McInerney headed home an early cross by Boston born Sheanon Williams. The match stayed even until the 71st minute when Brian Ching found Boniek Garcia. Only a few minutes later, Missouri born Will Bruin drew a penalty in the box that was converted by Brad Davis.